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October 17, 1954, Chagny, Saône-et-Loire:

Reference for this case: 17-Oct-54-Chagny.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


An article in the regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, of Dijon, on October 26, 1954, reported by its correspondent in Beaune, that "the other day", residents of Beaunes were the innocent victims of a "masterful" hoax:

News had spread from the lower part of the Madeleine district, saying that a flying saucer had landed between Chagny and Santenay, that it had failed, and that the gendarmes had already arrested a Martian.

A crowd of curious people, some of whom added details to the story, had discussed it, and "lovers of saucers, of strong emotions, beautiful Martians girls or attractive "Venusians" girls climbed in cars, jumped on motorcycles and embarked on the R.N. 74, direction Chagny."

But nothing had actually happened there.

In the 2010s, a German UFO sightings database listed a case in Chagny, giving the date of October 17, 1954 - to be taken with a grain of salt.




in the Beaune region

Beaune (from our P.C.). - The other day, many Beaunois were the innocent victims of a masterful "hoax."

The (false) news would have been launched from the lower part of the Madeleine district. It can be summed up as follows: "A flying saucer has landed between Chagny and Santenay and it has a failure... The gendarmerie has already arrested a Martian."

Needless to say, the information immediately stirred a crowd of curious people. And each to provide new details on the extraordinary event. So much so that the thing ended up taking certain proportions... And lovers of saucers, of strong emotions, of beautiful Martians or attractive "Venusians" climbed into cars, jumped on motorcycles and embarked on the R.N. 74, Chagny direction. The thirst for truth and curiosity weighed heavily on the acceleratos; the speedometers risked jamming, but it was necessary to arrive at all costs!

Alas! They all arrived too late.

In manner of a saucer, there was only hot air... a lot of hot air.

Our men returned sheepishly and threatened to no longer believe in the saucers.

What a heresy!...

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541017 17.10.1954 Chagny France



Negative case, rumor.


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Chagny, Saône-et-Loire


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 2, 2017 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 28, 2021 Additions [lbr1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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