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News and observation reports, April 2001:

Some of the UFO observations in April 2001 are listed on this page. Please note that these are not studies, but second hand observation reports, although mostly obtained from reliable and well known sources.

04.29.2001"Who wants to be a millionaire" contestant saw UFO.
04.26.2001Dome shaped UFO in Norfolk, England.
04.23.2001UFO over Bogota, Columbia.
04.19.2001Manoeuvering globe spotted in Ohio, USA.
04.13.2001Connecticut USA, cigar shaped UFO.
04.08.2001Luminous lights in Washington.
04.07.2001Four blue flying discs in New Jersey, USA.
04.05.2001Chile: Tocopila Cameraman Films UFO over Arica.
04.04.2001Chile: oval shaped UFO over Arica.
04.04.2001Return of the Pennsylvania disc shape object.
04.04.2001Pennsylvania diamond shaped UFO.
04.03.2001Five sided craft spotted in Virginia, USA.


On Sunday night April 29, 2001, Regis Philbin the host of the most popular game show on television "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" asked the contestant to tell about her UFO sighting. The contestant mentioned briefly her UFO encounter near Pine Bush, New York. The audience chuckled, so she pointed out that she wasn't a kook!


On April 26, 2001, a silver dome shaped UFO with a flat base was observed flying over Norfolk County in the Eastern most area of England. The object changed shape at 6:45 PM. It glided slowly over changing shape into a teardrop the speeded up as it was leaving. It was quite low and close, but there were no details on its surface.
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At 4:15pm, three objects of  unknown origin were seen flying over Bogota (Colombia), where they were witnessed by more than 3,000 people in the city's business district. The objects were in the vicinity of Cerro El Cable hill and Monserrate, where they remained motionless for 4 minutes. Radio broadcaster "Radiodifusora Nacional" and Todelar phoned Contacto OVNI, a research organization, to discuss this sighting live, and because in recent years this type of phenomenon has become increasingly common over Bogota.

Last March, a "mothership" was captured on video over Barrio Santa Isabel. When the video was analyzed it was possible to see a large tubular object at an altitude of 10,000 feet. According to eyewitness statements made at the UFO conference held by Contacto OVNI, this object headed toward Bogota's Cerro El Cable, which has been the site of frequent UFO sightings. Likewise, on April 15th of this year, Mr. Oscar Berrio filmed a disc-shaped object in the vicinity of El Dorado Airport, and the sighting is under investigation. The calls received in recent days regarding this phenomenon in the Colombian capital have been numerous.

Translation to English (c) 2001. IHU.
Special thanks to source William Chavez,


The witness was coming home from work around Cadiz, Ohio, on April 19, 2001, when he noticed a white light globe off in the distance over his house at 11:55pm. He states:

"It is very unusual for craft to fly low over my small town residence. As I got closer to my home the globe started moving very quickly across the sky. It would move east then stop on a dime and move west, stop again and go straight up and east. I pulled in my drive way and the white light globe lowered itself to three miles away. It hovered again and the white light turned red. It stood there for a few seconds then started west, the red light began flashing fast like a strobe light, and it just vanished. I live outside of town with few lights and I could hear dogs all over town barking. When the light vanished all the dogs stopped barking. Two days ago at midnight I was watching TV when my entire house started shaking very faintly though enough that my candles were vibrating off the window."

The witness is a very respected person in his community with a degree in law enforcement. He ran inside grabbed his camcorder and drove to the top of the hill where you can see for miles, but the light never came back.


This sighting has been sent to Peter Davenport, Director of a US reporting center. On April 13, 2001, the witness was out walking about 10:45pm when she saw a glowing object that looked like a diamond shooting star, only it wasn't shooting. The witness started to look more closely. She said:

"It kind of spooked me out a first, because it wasn't making a noise and it was flying low. Then I walked onto another street when it started coming closer going towards the center of town, (Berlin). As it flew in that direction I saw that it was sort of a cigar shaped object with no blinking lights, just solid red and white lights. I continued walking towards my house and then I noticed another one coming from the same direction. I saw this person in a car and I asked them to stop. The girl was kind of freaked out that I was stopping her at night. "Look at that!" She goes "Its a plane" and I'm like "NO! Its something else, I just saw another one." She was very skeptical. I watched it go towards the same direction as the first. The second object had the same description as the first.
1.) At first it looked like a glowing Diamond sort of thing.
2.) It had solid red and white lights.
3.) The craft were kind of cigar shaped.
4.) Both flew very low about the altitude of a helicopter.
5.) They weren't making a sound.
The lady who stopped asked to use my cell phone to call her friend that lived in the area."


Six adult eyewitnesses and five children observed UFOs on April 8, 2001, at 09:42pm Eastern in the Trout Lake region in the US.

After a typically cold winter with snow, rain and cloudy skies, the skywatches organized by a local ufologist, James Gilliland, have started again on the South side of Mount Adams.

James Gilliland writes:

"Our first skywatch was spectacular when a large luminous light, turquoise in color, came in from the Southwest. It was a pulsing green energy field and looked about four times brighter than Venus. The witnesses are writing statements. As it crossed directly overhead, it threw off several, very large pulses of light which seemed to have a psychological calming effect on the people below. The object was filmed as it passed halfway through the sighting and expanded into what looked like infinity, disappearing in the camera, but to the naked eye it remained. These anomalies are not uncommon. The UFOs often show they have control over what is being filmed. They can even selectively block their appearance to individuals all standing in a row."

"During our July 1st skywatch last year, a particular guest had a bad attitude. He shot 9 photos of a UFO going directly overhead. He was a professional photographer. The guests and myself had no problem filming the UFO, yet not one of his pictures came out that night. Clips of this event from two different camcorders are available on the UFO video we offer through our website. This supports our theory that the success of contact and documentation of that contact has everything to do with an open mind, loving heart and pure intent."

James Gilliland is also the director of a local so-called "Self Mastery Institute", he has organized many skywatches in the region of Mount Adams. To my knowledge, it is not at all usual that UFOs can only be captured on film by those who have "pure intent" whereas professional photographers with "bad attitude" cannot get them on film. An affair to follow with a "carefeul attitude" in my opinion.


A witness in New Brunswick reports seeing four flying objects flying East on April 7, 2001, that suddenly reversed direction during flight. They looked bluish when spotted at 8:21pm. Witness explained to Peter Davenport, NUFORC director:

"The weather was cloudy and I could not see the shape very clearly, but they looked round. They were flying low just above ground. The reason I think they were UFO is because of the way they changed flying direction. They suddenly reversed their direction and the acceleration was just not possible for any known man-made machine. They seemed to play with each other for about two minutes. When I went inside to get a cam recorder and to record them, they were gone. As a scientist who majored in Physics, I must admit those UFOs I saw could be lighting. However, I have never seen any lighting like that!"


Newspaper La Estrella de Arica, on Wednesday March 28, 2001, reports that Luis Herrera witnessed a strange aerial phenomenon: the presence of an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the skies over Arica. The event, which was caught on film by the resident , occurred at 16:00 hours last Saturday at Chinchorro Beach.

Mr. Herrera was enjoying his vacation and was touring Arica when his son drew his attention to the presence of the unidentified object.

He noted that the alleged UFO was seen at sunset and vanished into the horizon after it became dark. He added that the viewed his recording frame by frame that same evening and noticed the silhouette of the strange object, realizing the strange phenomenon he had just witnessed. "I didn't report the sighting out of a fear that it wouldn't be believed, but it appeared in La Estrella de Arica, which means that several people saw the same craft."

He commented that his recording of the object fortunately bolstered his eyewitness account, and is will to present the video for scientific scrutiny.

La Estrella de Arica's Sunday edition reported that according to personnel from the Chacalluta Airport, no weather balloons are launched from said region. The Control Tower reported that the object could be seen with great difficulty due to the the distance and the intervening haze, adding that the pertinent inquiries were made of both the Iquique and Santiago airports and that no contacts were reported. Nor was the phenomenon seen by the crew of a Lan Chile flight which took off from the runway at the time the UFO staged its appearance.

Translation (C) 2001. S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special Thanks to Rodrigo Cuadra and Scott Corrales. Translation to French by the author of this website.


On April 4, 2001, an object, originally displaying considerable luminosity, was seen by at least five witnesses in Calama Hills. The sighting occurred between 01:40 and 02:15pm and had a duration of half an hour.

According to Freddy L.A., and his father, René L.M., who were on their way back home, an intensely luminous object drew their attention: it was so bright that it hurt their eyes and kept them from making out any greater details. Freddy claims he has seen the light in that location several times. The light was compared to the brightness of a mirror reflecting the sun.

Patricio V.T. and Jaime M.L were clearly able to see an oval, cream-colored object with an intense yellow-hued band around its central section. They estimated its size at 200 meters, adding that the object made constant triangular maneuvers. The object moved a high speed during these motions and shot straight up into the air, losing itself amid "a sort of cloud."

Patricio V.T. claims having had the impression that this object engaged in such triangular maneuvers while it waited for, "a door in the skies," to open. As soon as said door opened, it passed through it.

This observation has been published in the newspaper "La Estrella de Arica".


Stan Gordon writes he has investigated a UFO sighting that occurred on April 4, 2001, in a rural area of Westmoreland County. I interviewed the witness the day after the sighting, and have obtained additional information. The witness and her husband were watching TV when her husband saw a light in the woods behind the house, which appeared low to the ground. The wife went into the living room, and opened up the sliding doors. Within seconds, a very large diamond shaped object appeared from directly over the house, and continued to move over the trees in the back woods. The object moved fast and in a steady manner, as it passed only about 150 feet overhead. The object was seen for only about 8 seconds, when it suddenly seemed to vanish just above the trees. The object was observed from underneath, and was described as a large solid diamond shaped object, which made a humming sound as it passed overhead. Non-blinking white lights were at each corner with a red light in the bottom center of the object.

Immediately after the sighting, the couple drove towards the location where the object disappeared but saw nothing. The witness reported feeling very nervous and could not sleep well for a couple of days. The couple had been feeding raccoons every night for a month before this event, but they failed to show the night of the sighting. The day of the sighting was the first evening that the animals did not show up, but they returned the next night. UFO sightings continue to be reported across Pennsylvania.
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While patrolling the campgrounds near Franklin where he works at 11:47pm, on April 4, 2001, the witness saw the same disc shaped object he had reported last summer on July 11, 2000. The disc was just over the tree line again, but a little farther away in the same area. It hovered in place for about five minutes, and then sped over ten miles to the west and hovered for another fifteen minutes. The witness stated, in his report to the NUFORC (National Reporting Center, Peter Davenport, Director)

"It then shot straight up, and I lost all sight of it."


Peter Davenport Director of National Reporting Center (NUFORC) received the following report:

In Charlottesville, on April 3, 2001, I was walking my dog at 8:30 PM when I looked up and almost directly above was some type of craft with five rounded sides, with a light at each of the five points. It was a bit like a pentagon, but rounded enough to say that it was round - with five distinct edges. The lights were yellowish in color and not very bright. The craft was low to the ground compared to the air traffic. The craft was moving slowly to the east/northeast. There was a large cloud in its flight path, and as it disappeared behind the cloud, I stood there to watch it come out the other side. Given its speed and the size of the cloud, I expected to see it come out the other side relatively quickly. When it did not, I looked around, and saw the craft now moving in a south/southeast direction, looking like it made a 90-degree turn when the cloud hid it. The lights lit the craft enough to make the five sides clearly visible. I am a professional and student in my late 20's.  I've never seen anything like this before, and was not under the influence of any substances, it was a fascinating experience.

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