Category 11 Case Directory
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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.

Pilots Encounter Object Over Indiana / EME
October 24, 1982
Lowell, Indiana

9:20 GMT
Duration sevmins?
aircraft Cherokee 140
United States
2 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
October 24, 1982; Lowell, Indiana
9:20 GMT ? Pilot & student pilot in a single-engine Cherokee 140 just after reaching their cruising altitude of 2,300 ft (above ground level), on a 240° course encountered an object first thought to be a malfunctioning parachute. What happened after that is described in startling detail in the report below. At one point, the UAO flicked across their nose, veering to its left and missing the aircraft's right wing tip by no more than 10 feet. At the instant that it passed, the vortex hit them so hard that the plane’s airframe groaned in protest, and the altimeter "went wacky". It continued to curve to the left, back on what appeared to be its original heading of 355°, still accelerating, and eventually beginning to climb until it finally disappeared into the distance haze. At no time during the encounter had the UFO shown any sort of exhaust trail. (From the International UFO Reporter, CUFOS, May-June 1983; Haines Case 50)

Detailed reports and documents
821024lowell_report (Fran Ridge, IUR May-June 1983)

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