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ALSACAT:

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 Metzeral, in August 2007, 2008 or 2009:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2009-08-00-METZERAL-1

Summary:

"Kevin L." reported his sighting on the Les Mystères des OVNIS Web ufology board, of which he was already a member.

He apologizes for the little information he can give, as he cannot remember the exact date of the sighting, which was "around 2007 and 2009".

He was outside his home in Metzeral between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., chatting with a friend, when they saw a triangle-shaped object coming from behind the mountains.

It had, he said, three lights that weren't blinking, red and green in color. Its displacement was quite slow, more or less that of an airliner, and it appeared to be quite low, moving from West to East.

There was a very faint hum, like that of airliners, but very, very low. Then the mountains hid the object.

The two friends had thought of a military plane, "but hard to say, it looked like a solid object, you couldn't see through between the three lights."

He gave the same observation time "10 to 15 seconds", the "size of the phenomenon" as "more or less like a 2€ coin".

On questioning, he adds not to have mentioned it around him, apart from a few friends, that he may have overestimated the angular size he indicated. A member of the forum noting that according to the now defunct Website Casperflights.com an air traffic roure passes over the place, he confirms that there are often planes there.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 2007, 2008 or 2009
Time: ~10:00 p.m.
Duration: 10 to 15 seconds.
First known report date: April 8, 2014
Reporting delay: 5 to 7 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Metzeral
Place: Outise of home.
Latitude: 48.013
Longitude: 7.071
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: 22
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: By to Web to the ufology board "Les MystèRes des OVNI."
Type of location: Outside home in valley village.
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: Maybe a military plane.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable plane.

Sources:

[Ref. myo1:] FORUM "LES MYSTERES DES OVNIS":

Kevin.L.68
Sympathetic participation
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 18
Registered on: 04/05/2014
Localization: Alsace 68
Job: restauration
Hobbies: fishing, astronomy, everything related to the sky and beyond

Subject: 2009: on /08 at between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Metzeral - Haut-Rhin (dep.68) Tue 08 Apr 2014, 09:30 p.m.

UFO observation 2009: on /08 at between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Metzeral - Haut-Rhin (dep.68)

Firstname or pseudo : Kevin

City: Metzeral
Department: Haut-Rhin (dep.68)
Region: Alsace launch a call for witnesses: http://www.lalsace.fr
Cuntry: France
Date: /08/2009
Hour of the start of the observation: between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Duration of the observation: 10 to 15 seconds

Weather conditions: clear sky
Number of witnsses: 2
Type of phenomenon: Strange light in the sky
Officially reported: No

Full narrative of the observation:

Hello all.

First of all I want to apologize for the lack of information, I do not remember the exact date of the sighting, or even the year. I still wanted to share my memories.

I'm thinking around 2007 and 2009.

I was outside my house between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. chatting with a friend and we saw a triangle-shaped object coming from behind the mountains.

It had 3 steady lights, they weren't blinking, red and green in color. Its movement was quite slow (more or less the same speed as an airliner) but seemed to be quite low, it was moving from West to East.

There was a very slight humming sound, (like airliners) but very, very faint. Then the mountains hid the object.

We immediately thought of a military plane, but hard to say, it seemed to be a solid object, we couldn't see through between the 3 lights.

A small "sketch" and the location of the observed object:

[Sketch not available, broken link.]

Once again I'm sorry for the little information :(

Thank you to you.

Precise description: Lights in triangle
Color: #11D400 et #FF0000
Size of the phenomnon: more or less like a 2€ coin
Behavior: slow move from West to East
Trajectory: West 50° - East 55°
Specific: Vers faint hum like an airliner
Specific odor: No
Direction of the object relative to the wind: I do not know
Presence of installations: Industrial area airfield at 28 km
Similar photo: None
Table: triangle B1

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Metzeral/@47.992443,7.033455,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4793d0ad0ebacd2f:0xde815bfcd4e425ab?hl=en

[This link leads to a map only showing where Metzeral is located.]

Field investigation requested:

Investigator in charge of the case:

Keywords: UFO,, Alsace launch a call for witnesses: http://www.lalsace.fr, France, between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.,,,

I certify on my honor the accuracy of the information communicated and the authenticity of the documents provided. I do not know how to identify this phenomenon, thank you in advance for your answers.

Sincerely Kevin

Loreline
Investigation coordinator
Female Age: 66
Number of messages: 4894
Registered on: 10/08/2012
Localization: BRITTANY
Job: ........
Hobbies: discover and understand

Subject: 2009: on /08 at between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Metzeral - Haut-Rhin (dep.68) Tue 08 Apr 2014, 10:41 p.m.

Hello Kevin

Thank you for sharing your testimony with us

At that time, did you talk about it around you?

We couldn't access your sketch so I'll link you to how to upload an image to the forum:

http://www.forum-ovni-ufologie.com/t13331-mettre-des-images-sur-le-forum

Thanks for your answers

Regards

Kevin.L.68
Sympathetc participation
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 18
Registered on: 04/05/2014
Localization: Alsace 68
Job: restauration
Hobbies: fishing, astronomy, everything related to the sky and beyond

Subject: 2009: on /08 at between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Metzeral - Haut-Rhin (dep.68) Tue 08 Apr 2014, 11:07 p.m.

Good evening,

thanks for the help with the image, problem solved :-)

Unfortunately no, I haven't talked about it around me, apart from a few friends.

We almost all know each other in small villages like mine, I prefer to remain "discreet"

Sincerely, Kevin

wacapou
Observations Analyst
Male Age: 68
Number of messages: 3895
Registered on: 07/08/2012
Localization: Nantes
Job: retired
Hobbies: informatics

Subject: 2009: on /08 at between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Metzeral - Haut-Rhin (dep.68) Wed 09 Apr 2014, 09:12 p.m.

Hello Kevin.L.68

Did you only see the three lights or did you distinguish the "triangle" carrying these three lights? In this last case what was the color of the "triangle"?

@ Kevin.L.68 wrote:

Size of the phenomenon: more or less like a € 2 coin

What is asked for is the apparent size of the craft in the sky, ie the distance between the thumb and forefinger framing the object, arm outstretched.

A € 2 coin is 25.75mm in diameter.

The full moon in the sky is 4.5 mm in apparent size.

If you insist that the size was of a 2€ coin, it means that you have been flown over by a triangle that was 5.7 times the size of the full moon in the sky.

In the majority of cases the apparent sizes are overestimated by the witnesses because the fact of focusing your attention on something "makes" what you observe "bigger".

Good evening.

Polyèdre57
Board team
Male Age: 45
Number of messages: 4730
Registered on: 08/16/2012
Localization: Moselle, Metz city
Job: Vaguemestre
Hobbies: Fishing sports, regional history, defense and religious heritage, non conventional musics

Subject: 2009: on /08 at between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Metzeral - Haut-Rhin (dep.68) Wed 09 Apr 2014, 09:18 p.m.

In any case, an air traffic route does pass here for commercial flights. The proof here in image with a screenshot of today taken about 1 hour ago...

Source: Casperflights

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Kevin.L.68
Sympathetic participation
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 18
Registered on: 04/05/2014
Localization: Alsace 68
Job: restauration
Hobbies: fishing, astronomy, everything related to the sky and beyond

Subject: 2009: on /08 at between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Metzeral - Haut-Rhin (dep.68) Wed 09 Apr 2014, 09:54 p.m.

Good evening,

I only saw the lights arranged in a triangle shape, but the center of these 3 lights seemed to have a mass.

Yes it is possible that I overestimated the size, I do not remember too much, but in any case the object looked really low.

Yes, a lot of planes in the area ;-)

regards

Discussion:

Map.

It seems very difficult to me to discard that this UFO was an airplane because everything suggests it: the noise given as "a very slight hum, like that of airliners", the red and green lights, the speed given as "more or less that of an airliner".

The short duration of the sighting, due to the visual obstacle of the mountains, certainly contributed to the witness not having had time to realize what the UFO was.

Evaluation:

Probable plane.

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 30, 2021 Creation, [myo1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 30, 2021 First published.

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