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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 Mulhouse, on October 4, 1972:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1972-10-04-MULHOUSE-1

Summary:

In the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #133 for March 1974, Mr. Nueffer, investigator of the LDLN group in Mulhouse, communicated without specifying his source an observation from this city on the 4th of October 1972, around 9:00 p.m.:

"M. Cassaghi, 16-year-old, and his parents observe moving white lights. There were two fairly large moving objects and a third that appeared to be stationary. From a white color at the beginning of the observation they changed to red later. The two objects followed a curve of great radius, probably above Didenheim. The duration of visibility was of the order of one minute. The witness reports that he observed an airplane immediately after, very easily recognizable by its position lights and its flashing lights, which made the witnesses say that the objects sighted were not planes, their light being steady. The objects were heading rather towards the East, direction Germany, while the plane was heading towards the airport."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 4, 1972
Time: 09:00 p.m.
Duration: 1 minute.
First known report date: March 1974
Reporting delay: Day, 2 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Mulhouse
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.750
Longitude: 7.334
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 3
Witness(es) ages: 16, adults.
Witness(es) types: Teenager and his parents.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine LDLN.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: Nort planes.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, insufficient information, low strangeness.

Sources:

[Ref. ldl1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

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MULHOUSE (Haut-Rhin)

On October 4, 1972, at about 09:00 p.m..

Mr. Cassaghi, 16-year-old, and his parents observe moving white lights. There were two fairly large moving objects and a third that appeared to be stationary. From a white color at the beginning of the observation they changed to red later. The two objects followed a curve of great radius, probably above Didenheim. The duration of visibility was of the order of one minute. The witness reports that he observed an airplane immediately after, very easily recognizable by its position lights and its flashing lights, which made the witnesses say that the objects sighted were not planes, their light being steady. The objects were heading rather towards the E, direction Germany, while the plane was heading towards the airport.

Observation communicated by Mr. Nueffer, LDLN investigator in Mulhouse.

Editor's note. - We are not told what became of the third immobile point during this observation?

Discussion:

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The locations are poorly specified; we are told of an observation in Mulhouse but it is not certain that the witnesses were in Mulhouse itself, and Mulhouse is a fairly large city. We are told that the two objects "followeed a curve of large radius, probably above Didenheim". If the witnesses were in Mulhouse itself, it would thus be towards their south. We were then told that the objects were going "rather towards the E, direction Germany", but also that the plane "was heading towards the airport"... which is also to the east, towards Germany, if seen from Mulhouse passing in the direction if Didenheim, thus the same apparent direction for the plane and the unknown "objects."

The allusion to the planes is common. To get to the nearby airport (Basel - Mulhouse airport at the time), planes bypass Mulhouse, from the South or the North, going to the South-East or the East.

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I can only stay with the statements of the witness: he says that the objects were not planes. He might have been right, but what was it? Helicopters, anything else? There aren't enough details in the story, and there hasn't been an investigation to my knowledge. So I see there an "unidentified" but with little strangeness and little information.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, insufficient information, low strangeness.

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 May 29, 2021 Creation, [ldl1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 29, 2021 First published.

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