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UFO or balloon seen from plane, France, 1982:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Méridional, France, page 15, February 25, 1982.

UFO in the sky of the Loire

MISTERS Lucien Neuwirth, president of the general Council of the Loire, Mr. Francis Boot, prefect of the Loire and Mr. Roger Rocher, president of the soccer team of Saint-Etienne, said to have seen a UFO Tuesday morning on the "Air Inter" plane that goes from Saint-Etienne to Paris.

It is the pilot of the aircraft who alerted the passengers while passing above Roanne (the Loire) making them notice a brilliant object moving at approximately 15.000 km of altitude.

Mr. Lucien Neuwirth claimed at his descent of plane "I think of having seen like a reflection, as if a balloon probe reflected the rays of the rising sun." On his side, Mr. Roger Rocher declared: "The object had the size of a large star that hovered, we could see it during five minutes before it disappeared towards the south. "Lastly, to Mr. Francis Boot, it was a "metallic machine of round form."

Note: Description matching that of a large CNES science balloon.

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