Category 11 Case Directory
Rating: 5  


AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

The Killian Case
Feb. 24, 1959
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

8:20 p.m. local
Duration 40 mins
aircraft DC-6B
United States
37+ observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
Feb. 24, 1959; Williamsport, Pennsylvania (BBU)
8:20 p.m. A scheduled American Airlines flight from Newark to Detroit encountered three lights over Pennsylvania. The initial detection took place when the aircraft was 13 miles west of Williamsport. The lights remained at about the 9 o'clock position for 40 minutes, providing an opportunity for many of the 35 passenger to observe them. They were also observed by the crews of two other planes flying much farther to the south, as well as by the tower operators in Pittsburgh. PA.  (Over 80 documents found in Blue Book files by Dan Wilson. See below)

Richard Hall:
The sighting of three glowing objects by several airline crews February 24, 1959 is one of the most thoroughly investigated (and, ironically, one of the most controversial) on record. The key witness, Captain Peter W. Killian, was interviewed by NICAP personnel. A detailed investigation report, including weather data, air navigation maps, etc., was submitted to NICAP by the New York City Affiliate. The Akron UFO Research Committee cooperated in the investigation, adding valuable details. Other published references are listed in the Section Notes (43). The Air Force later attributed the sighting to a refueling mission involving a tanker and jet bombers flashing brilliant lights. Discrepancies in this explanation are discussed in Section IX. (Source: UFO EVIDENCE,  Pages 42).

Detailed reports and documents
reports/590224williamsport_report1.htm (Richard Hall)
reports/590224williamsport_report2.htm (Dr. Willy Smith)
reports/590224williamsport_report3.htm (Dan Wilson)

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