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ALSACAT:

As its name suggests, ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

Case of Rosenwiller, on March 9, 2015:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2015-03-09-ROSENWILLER-1

Summary:

"Picturemann" wrote a report on the ufology forum "Les Mystères des OVNIS" on March 9, 2015.

In Rosenwiller in the Bas-Rhin, on March 9, 2015, at 03:20 p.m., he made a 5 minutes observation of what he thinks was a "surprising UFO phenomenon."

The sky was quite cloudy with streaks of cirrus and cirrostratus few. The ground temperature was 16°C.

From his left, he saw what first appeared to him to be a plane that moved West-South-West to the East-Northeast. From his place of observation, the object was at an angle of about 45 °.

It had the appearance of a cylinder having had the proportions of an Airbus 319 airliner, its speed was comparable to the speed of such an airliner flying at an altitude of about 20,000 feet i.e. about 6,000 meters. The speed and direction were constant throughout the observation.

He realized that on one hand the aircraft did not leave any trail behind it; which seems understandable to him according to its estimated altitude, but on the other hand it emitted strictly no sound although it was seen from a country path with no noise disturbance.

Moreover, he did not distinguish wings, and its appearance gave it a quite bright and uniform metallic luster. He believes that despite the proximity of the Entzheim airport, it is certain that the object was not approaching it.

His wife, who accompanied him, made the same findings.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: March 9, 2015
Time: 03:20 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes.
First known report date: March 9, 2015
Reporting delay: 2 hours.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Rosenwiller
Place: From country path, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.509
Longitude: 7.427
Uncertainty ratio: 500 m

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: 72
Witness(es) types: Man and wife.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: We report to the ufology forum "Les Mystères des OVNIS".
Type of location: From country path, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Day.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Not a plane as silent and wingless.

Classifications:

Hynek: DD
ALSACAT: Probable airliner.

Sources:

[Ref. my1:] "LES MYSTERES DES OVNIS" WEB FORUM:

Picturemann
New mebmer
Male Age: 72
Number of messages: 2
Registered on: 01/31/2012
Localization: Alsace
Job: Independent
Hobbies: too many

Subject: 2015: on 03/09 at 03:20 p.m. - A surprizing ufo phenomenon - Ufos in Rosenwiller F 67560 - Bas-Rhin (dep.67) Mon Mar 09 2015, 05:39 p.m.

Ufo observation 2015: on 03/09 at 03:20 p.m. - A surprizing ufo phenomenon - Rosenwiller F 67560 - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Firstname or pseudo : Picturemann

City: Rosenwiller F 67560 Department: Bas-Rhin (dep.67)
Region: Alsace launch a call to witness: http://www.lalsace.fr
Country: France
Date: 03/09/2015
Hour of the beginning of the observation: 03:20 p.m.
Duration of the observation: 5 mn

Weather conditions: see description
Number of witnesses: 2
Type of phenomenon: A suprizing ufo phenomenon
Official report: not specified

Complete observation report:

Today March 9th, 2015, at 03:20 p.m. (GMT + 1) in 67560 Rosenwiller (48 ° 30 'North 23 ° 26 7?' 25 East?) I made the following observation:

The sky was quite cloudy with streaks of cirrus and a few cirrostratus. The ground temperature was 16°C.

Coming from my left, I saw what at first seemed like a plane that moved towards the ENE and WSW. From my place of observation, the object was located at an angle of about 45°. The appearance was a cylinder having had the proportions of an A 319. Its speed was comparable to the same plane flying at an altitude of about 20,000 feet (approx. 6000 meters). Its speed and direction were constant throughout the observation. I realized that on one hand the aircraft did not leave any trail behind it, which might have been understandable in terms of its estimated altitude, but also it emitted strictly no sound while we were on a county path without any noise disturbance. Also, I did not distinguish wings, and its appearance gave it a quite bright and uniform metallic luster. Despite the proximity to the Entzheim airport, it is certain that the object is not approaching it.

My wife who was with me made the same findings.

Precise description: see description
Color: see description
Size of the phenomenon:
Behavior: see description
Trajectory: OSO 45° - ENE 45°
Specific noise: No
Specific odor : No
Direction of the object relative to the wind: controlled move/independent
Presence of installations: Entzheim airport
Similar photo: None
Table: None

https://www.google.fr/maps/place/Rosenwiller/@48.5099005,7.4254386,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4796acede5d0cc33:0x40a5fb99a394a20?hl=fr

Field investigation requested:

Investigator in charge of the case:

Keywords : Ufo, Ufology, Witnesses, Alsace launch a call for witness: http://www.lalsace.fr, France, 05:20 p.m., 09, ,

I certify on my honor the correctness of the communicated information and the authenticity of the send documents. I do not know how to identify this phenomenon thanks in advance for your answers.

Regards Picturemann

Loreline
Investigation coordinator
Female Age: 65
Number of messages: 3889
Registered on: 08/10/2012
Localisation: BRITTANY
Job: none
Hobbies: discover and understand

Subject: 2015: on 03/09 at 03:20 p.m. - A surprizing ufo phenomenon - Ufos in Rosenwiller F 67560 - Bas-Rhin (dep.67) Wed Mar 11 2015, 09:29 a.m.

Hello Picturemann

Thank you for sharing your observation

I would like to know how the object disappeared to your eyes

As of the looks, you tell us: quite bright and uniform metallic

but what color matches it most ?

Thanks for your answers

Best regards

wacapou
Observations analyst
Male Age: 67
Number of messages: 3021
Registered on: 08/07/2012
Localization: Nantes
Job: retired
Hobbies: informatics

Subject: 2015: on 03/09 at 03:20 p.m. - A surprizing ufo phenomenon - Ufos in Rosenwiller F 67560 - Bas-Rhin (dep.67) Sun Mar 15 2015, 04:07 p.m.

Hello Picturemann

Thank you for your well-documented testimony.

About the trajectory ou indicate (WSW --> ENE) and in the time frame specified three planes passed above th area before landing in Entzheim :

- SN3661 az ~ 03: 20 p.m.
- SF3018 at ~ 03: 26 p.m.
- RJ977 at ~ 03: 37 p.m.

The only criterion that would eliminate these planes from your observation is the angle of elevation (height in the sky, horizon = 0 °, 90 ° = above your head) under which you have seen the craft.

Do you confirm the 45° ?

Good afternoon.

[Ref. ap1:] "ACTIVITE PARANORMALE" BLOG:

A cylinder UFO observed in Alsace in March 2015

03:27 p.m. | Tags : UFO

Monday, March 9, 2015, in the afternoon, a man and his wife were able to observe a mysterious cylindrical phenomenon flying over the area of the town of Rosenwiller, located in the department of Bas-Rhin, Alsace. The scene lasted only 5 minutes but deeply marked the two only witnesses reported ...

Report :

"Today March 9, 2015 at 03:20 p.m. (GMT + 1) at 67560 Rosenwiller (? 48 ° 30? 23 North 7 ° 26 '25 East) I made the following observation:

The sky was quite clear with few streaks of cirrus and cirrostratus. The ground temperature was 16 ° C.

From my left, I saw what first appeared to be an airplane that moved WNW and ENE direction. From my place of observation, the object was located at an angle of about 45 °. The appearance was a cylinder that would have the proportions of a A 319. Its speed was comparable to the same plane flying at an altitude of about 20,000 feet (approx. 6000 meters). Its speed and direction were constant throughout the observation. I realized that on one hand the plane did not leave any trail behind it, which could be understood in terms of its estimated altitude, but otherwise it strictly emitted no sound although we were on y country path without any noise disturbance. Also, I did not distinguish wings, and its appearance gave him a shiny and pretty uniform metallic luster. Despite the proximity of the Entzheim airport, it is certain that the object was not in approach.

My wife accompanied me made the same findings."

Photo: Entrance to the village of Rosewell coming from Rosheim (Bernard Chenal, Wikimedia)

Source

http://ufocenter.over-blog.org/2015/03/ovnis-sur-rosenwiller-f-67560-bas-rhin.html, 23 mars 2015

Discussion:

The witness thinks obviously about an airliner, but discards it citing these reasons:

- The lack of noise
- The lack of visible wings

(He explains himself the absence of a contrail. An airliner on landing approaching obviously leaves no trail usually.)

At the closest of Rosenwiller, an airliner preparing to land at Entzheim, thus following the yellow line on the above map, would have been approximately 5 km away from the witnesses. At such a distance, there is nothing which precludes that its noise is not heard.

The absence of visible wings is not at all unique to this observation. Either by their albédo similar to that of the sky, either because the airliner is seen from the side, the wings of an airliner are not always visible. There remains a "cylinder" or "cigar", described here with a "quite brilliant and uniform metallic luster." The color of the wings and tail is often different from the fuselage for airliners, it is often unpainted, metallic, reflecting the sky, while the body is usually painted.

The witness said he was certain that the thing is not approaching the Entzheim airport. At the same time, he said it was going West-South-West to East-Northeast, which perfectly matches the yellow line of the runway approach to Entzheim.

Coincidentally, it turns out that "Wapacou", on the web forum where the witness testified, found a plane there at precisely at 03:20 p.m., flight SN3661, and another one, flight SF3018, there at 03:26 p.m. The witness does not report any planes in addition to his UFO.

There remained the 50° of elevation. But is it reliable? When questioned, the witness does not respond, and he actually answered no question at all on the web forum - as if he had realized he had seen an airliner.

The Entzheim runway is sufficiently far away for obstacles to the view and distance to prevent the witness to see a descent . The sighting duration of 5 minutes may be overestimated, but still possible if the thing was first seen very far in the West-southwest.

So what do we have to doubt that the witness actually saw the side of an airliner 5 kilometers from him on landing approach of the Entzheim airport? Nothing.

Evaluation:

Probable airliner.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:

Authoring:

Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 19, 2015 Creation, [my1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 19, 2015 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 10, 2016 Addition [ap1].

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