More UFO sightings reported
Witnesses terrified, transfixed by an object hovering in sky
January 24, 2004
Times & Transcript Staff
When Danielle Cormier of Moncton read about a UFO sighting by a
couple in northern Kent County in yesterday’s Times &
Transcript, she had no problem relating to the story.
Not only did she get a first-hand look at the unidentified
flying object for approximately 45 minutes, but she had three
friends with her to witness the experience.
Danielle, 21, said she and her boyfriend Terry Steeves, along
with her best friend Peggy and the latter’s then-boyfriend Ed,
were leaving Shediac about 11:30 p.m. on a clear summer night
last year to drive back to Moncton. She said they were on the
ramp heading onto the four-lane highway when she glanced out the
window and noticed a "brilliant star" which she thought was the North Star.
Then, suddenly, Ed brought the pick-up truck to a halt and she
noticed that her three companions were staring out the window,
"looking absolutely stunned, their faces white as though they
had just seen a ghost," she said yesterday in an interview.
What she had perceived a few seconds earlier as the North Star
was now hovering just above the tree line, characterized by
three lights arranged in a triangle, with one on the top and two
on the base, said Danielle. Apart from making slight movements
up or down or to one side or the other, she said it remained
there, "as though it was observing us," for the next 45 minutes.
"We had pulled the truck over to the side of the road, but we
were too scared to get out of it," she said. Terry told her that
there was no way it was a helicopter or any kind of aircraft he
had ever seen before, she added.
The four of them, although "we were terrified," stayed there
transfixed on the unidentified object hovering over them above the trees.
"We were scared, intrigued and mesmerized all at the same time,"
said Danielle. The fact it stayed aloft in basically the same
spot was unnerving, she said.
After about 40 to 45 minutes, she said its lights started
flashing and it began to move in a "freakish way" and then,
gradually descended. Since there were clearings among the trees,
she was hoping they might get a good look at it when it landed.
But before it reached the ground, its lights suddenly went out
and it disappeared.
Danielle said they checked afterwards at both the Moncton
airport and with the Air Traffic Control Centre in Riverview and
described what they had seen. They were told that the only
aircraft in the Moncton area at that time would have been Fedex
and other cargo planes, which did not remotely mirror what they had seen.
Like the married couple reported a UFO sighting last Saturday
night near St-Louis-de-Kent and the Caraquet man who witnessed a
similar sight the same night, none of the four Moncton witnesses
could detect the shape of the aircraft.
And Danielle is not the only family member to witness such an incident.
Her father Yvon Cormier, a baker for the Sobey’s at Champlain
Place in Dieppe, said about a month and a half ago, he was going
in to work about 5:30 a.m. He was arriving when he saw, hovering
in the sky above the store, the same three lights, arranged in a
triangle, described by his daughter.
Cormier said the craft was making occasional moves up and down
or to one side or the other. He said it made a "humming sound"
when it moved, "not the kind of noise you would hear coming from an airplane."
"I mentioned it to someone when I went inside, but they just
laughed," he said. "So, I just went about my work and made no
further mention of it. I did take a look outside about 10
minutes later, but it was gone."
Marge Cormier noted that not long after Danielle’s experience in
Shediac, she was en route to Memramcook, when she saw the same
three lights hovering in the air near the airport. "It was there
for about 10 minutes and I was shaking. Then, later Yvon sees
it. It is weird that all three of us got to see a UFO in a short
period of time."