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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'. 

UFO Flies Over VORTAC
October 18, 1973
Mt. Vernon, Indiana


Fran Ridge:
Oct. 18, 1973; Mt. Vernon, Indiana
10:30 p.m. The lady had gone to bed on this Thursday evening but was disturbed by a loud  noise. She described it as sounding like a barge on the river. It was so unusual that after 2-3 minutes she decided to go outside and check it out.  Her home is in the line of traffic from Evansville Dress-Regional Airport about 15 miles to the NE and she sees a lot of chopper traffic. She saw an object over her garage and to the south. It was merely an outline produced by as many as 50 lights, not exactly evenly-spaced. It didn't appear to have any body to it and it had a red flashing light on the rear. It was long and narrow, about 3 times as long as it was wide, moving very slow  East to West. She observed the long side view about 3 minutes, and right in front of her house it turned south toward the river and she saw the end view. It was described as not round but sort of rectangular...like a squared-off cigar. At this time it was really low and she said she should have seen metal as it went past a tree. It got lower than the trees at least during one point during the observation, meaning nearby treeline. Total time of observation: 5 minutes. Dogs present showed no response, FAA Tower at Evansville said there was no aircraft in the area as such. Description given to FAA on 10/22 drew a blank. Since the object was very close, but probably not within CE range (< 500') I've listed it as a distant encounte. However, when the cigar turned south it was heading right over the VORTAC which was less than a mile away toward the Ohio River. (Ridge/MUFON)

Ohio is one hour ahead of us here. Twenty five minutes before this incident, at 9:05 p.m. our time and 10:05 p.m. Ohio time, the famous Mansfield, Ohio/Captain Coyne helicopter involving E-M effects on the aircraft's compass case occurred. *

Oct. 18, 1973; Rosewood, OH
7:30 p.m. American Airlines Flight 21, a Boeing 747 at 33,000' encountered apparently the same UFO witnessed by Capt. Coyne and his crew over Mansfield, OH. (CUFOS,92) [See intelligence summary below of other events, same day. **]

Detailed reports and documents
nicap.org/731018mansfield_dir.htm (CUFOS) *
UFO Intelligence Summary for October 18, 1973 (Fran Ridge) **
How UFOs Navigate The VORTAC Beacon (UFO Report/Robert  A. Goerman)
Interrogation tape on file (Fran Ridge, MUFON)
Investigation forms at MUFON HQ



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