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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

Object Lands on River Bank
Nov. 4, 1965
Middletown, Ohio

Brad Sparks:
Oct. 4, 1965; West Middletown to Poast Town, Ohio (BBU 10066)
6:45 p.m. Mrs. Helen Tucker and 3 teenage girls driving in a car turned S onto Brown's Run Road and saw a bright, flashing red and white object, at one point with sparks shooting off. As they drove W to Poast Town, the object stopped flashing and appeared steady red and white (and possibly bluish) and began moving fast (to the SW?) toward the airport, then it landed past Carmody Blvd. on the river bank but before reaching the airport, where it looked like a Christmas tree (lights?), a winged­ fuselage object with a possible cockpit dome, then lifted off like a helicopter and looked like (red?) "hot metal." (Case data missing.) (Berliner; Middletown Journal, Oct. 5, 1965)

Dan Wilson:
Nov. 4, 1965; Middletown, Ohio (BBU 10066)
6:45 p.m. Mrs. Helen Tucker and 3 teenage girls driving in a car saw a large round ball in the northeast sky. It had very bright lights that went off and on very fast. Long colored sparks were shooting from the object. One of the girls then noticed that the object was moving straight ahead very fast. The object appeared to come down rapidly and land near a river. After about five minutes the object took off to the northwest and disappeared in about two minutes. Another lady in West Alexandria also reported seeing a bright object at around 7 o'clock. The object went over her house and at this time the lights flickered in the house and the TV went off. She said the object landed in the southeast.

Fran Ridge:
This sighting did take place on November 4, 1965--not on October 4, 1965 Middletown Newspaper articles on November 5 confirm the date of November 4, 1965. Note also that this was listed as an unknown by Project Blue Book.

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