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Sphere Shadows Two Aircraft / EME
September 10, 1979
Nr. Myrtle Creek, Oregon

13:15 GMT
Duration 5 min
aircraft Piper Aztec & Cessna 182
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
September 10, 1979; 10 miles N. of Myrtle Creek, Oregon
13:15 GMT. Two pilots were flying at 5,000 ft in a Piper Aztec and about a half mile off formation with a Cessna 182 which was a brand new airplane. They were just getting ready to let down at Myrtle Creek when one "thing" came from about a four o'clock position from the coast and looked (when it was facing the Aztec pilot) like the round fuselage of an airliner with a reflection in front but not on the sides. Then it moved in several hundred feet behind, and below,  the Cessna. The object started moving directly toward the aircraft, and the pilot radioed him. The Aztec pilot tried to tell the Cessna pilot that there was a plane coming up on him. The Cessna pilot got only the word "plane". He looked around on both sides and couldn't (hear) any word from the other pilot. The Aztec pilot tried on two different transmitters and all he could hear was static while the object was around. The object moved underneath the Cessna, several hundred feet below him, then it lifted up vertically to pretty close underneath him, within 25 feet. and hung there for a minute. The object was estimated at 30 feet in diameter and was shaped like a sphere. There was nothing sticking out from it and it was metallic, then it dropped back down and slid behind the Cessna. And then it pulled underneath the Cessna again, but not as close this time. Finally it moved off to the right at about four or five o'clock position and dropped down over the coast mountain range. The entire observation lasted for about five minutes. (Sources: APRO Bulletin Volume 31 #10; Dr Richard F. Haines files Case 46)

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