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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.

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Case of Saales, on April 12, 2005:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2005-04-12-SAALES-1

Summary:

In the ufological bulletin SPICA News #7 of January 2006 of the Alsatian association of ufology and astronomy SPICA, it is noted that on August 22, 2002, there was a sigthing communicated by a witness on April 12, 2006, who additionnally mentioned that one of his friends, in the night, had "seen a very large triangle near Saales". According to the statements of his friend, he saw two red lights, placed at the ends. In addition there was a white light reflection on the clouds, which the witness thinks is the reflection of a luminous source placed above the phenomenon. There had been a big noise accompanying the triangular shape, as for the identical facts which had occurred on August 22, 2002 in the area of Strasbourg.

SPICA says they heard about this witness from Saales on several other occasions, but were never able to obtain his contact information.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 12, 2005
Time: Night.
Duration: ?
First known report date: January 2006
Reporting delay: 10 months.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Saales
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.348
Longitude: 7.105
Uncertainty radius: 2 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: ?
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Hearsay by local ufology group SPICA.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night.
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: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Possible plane or helicopter.

Sources:

[Ref. spa1:] ASSOCIATION D'UFOLOGIE "SPICA":

Scan.

The return of the triangle

A witness contacted us through our website to report the observation of a luminous dot crossing the sky from East to West at 9:30 p.m. After two blinks, this luninous dot extinguished. We think of the passage of a satellite, but we could not find which one in the list of those who have flownover the area that evening. Perhaps a military satellite, not listed in public bases.

[Image caption:] The phenomenon on August 22, 2002 in Illkirch Graffenstaden

That same day, April 12, around 11:30 p.m., this witness from Breitenbach heard a noise, which he compared to that of an earthquake, but coming from the sky.

Although this information is very weak in itself, we decided to meet with the witness, because the same night, at a different time, a few kilometers away, another witness, friend of the first, saw a very large triangle near Saales. According to what his friend said, he saw two red lights, placed at the ends. Of the more there was a white luminous reflection on the clouds, the witness thinks that it is the reflection of a light source placed above the phenomenon. AT Saales also a loud noise accompanied the triangular shape. Identical facts occurred on August 22, 2002 in the Strasbourg region, see issue 3 of our review. Our association launched an appeal for witnesses and opened an investigation.

On several other occasions, we have heard of him, unfortunately we do not have the contact details of the witnesses.

More in the next issue.

Christian Morgenthaler

Discussion:

Map.

The information is insufficient, and as described, the observed thing could have been an airplane or a helicopter.

Evaluation:

Possible plane or helicopter.

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 January 24, 2023 Creation, [spa1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 24, 2023 First published.

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