- Several weeks ago I came across an article in the local
news paper which caught my eye and I'm sure It will interest you also.
Above (and right) is a graphic off the front page of the paper.
- As you can see the Cessna delivery plane hit something
in mid-air and the NTSB still cannot determine what it was.This article
in the paper is quite long so I'm only going into the major details.The
story came from the Mobile Register dated Wednesday, April 14,2004.
- The story states that at first the NTSB thought a FedEx
DC-10 might have been involved but investigators examined the plane the
next morning and found it unscathed.
- Experienced Pilot
- Preziose was a veteran pilot for the New York Police
department and had been an instructor on the Cessna 208 for the Pan Am
Flight Academy in Memphis according to the report.He had worked for Mid-Atlantic
freight for several months and had flown the same route numerous times.
An autopsy revealed no drugs or alcohol were found in his system.The plane
had passed a routine FAA inspection a few days earlier,the report states,
disappeared from radar about 15 minutes after taking off from Mobile Downtown
Airport at Brookley Field around 7:30 pm.
- DC-10 AHEAD
- After taking off Preziose climbed to a altitude of 3000
ft.The Mobile Regional controller alerted him to the presence of the DC-10
which was seven miles ahead at 4000 ft coming towards him and Preziose
acknowledged it. A minute later, the controller told Preziose the DC-10
,now just two miles from the Cessna, had crossed the smaller planes path
and remained at 4000ft. "ROGER, I got him above me right now",
Perziose replied, apparently confirming he saw the FedEx plane. But seconds
later, the report states, he came back on the air: "I need to deviate,
I need to deviate, I need to deviate, I need --" That was the last
heard form him. Alabama Marine Police and the Coast Guard found the wreckage
around midnight, resting in shallow water, about 1.5 miles north of Mobile
Bay Causeway. The wings were shattered, and most of the front of the plane
was little more than fragments. The impact of the collision disintegrated
that airplane before it hit the water.
- Engine Split in Half
- The Pratt&Whitney engine block was "Split in
Two " the report states. The airplane could fall out of the sky and
hit concrete and its unlikely it would've broken the engine in half like
that.The NTSB detailed the agency's attempts to find the source of the
red marks on the Cessna. Fragments were sent to Wright Patterson Air Force
Base in Ohio for testing.The marks were compared to other materials from
the plane including red paint and a red cargo bay.
- Test also examined paint from an unmanned aerial vehicle,
apparently to determine whether the Cessna had struck a military drone.Similar
test were performed by the U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group---which took custody
of the wreckage in February, with similar results, the report states. "The
main results is that the material in the red streaks on the skin of the
accident plane was significantly different from the other materials that
were examined for comparison", the report states. Additionally, investigators
were unable to identify the source of "a small piece of what appeared
to be black anodized aluminum, which was found embedded in the left wing"
near the fuselage, the report states. Based on the limited radar data information
they could find, investigators concluded the Cessna never crossed paths
with the DC-10.
Funny, they never talk about the fact that a Ufo might
have hit this thing.But would you expect them too. Also, sending it to
"Wright Patterson Air Force base for testing" sticks out like
a sore thumb. We all know what has gone on there for the last 50 years.
Anyone who wishes to see the full story could contact the Mobile Register
and obtain a copy I'm sure. The last thing stated in the article is this.....NTSB
investigators should issue their final analysis on the accident within
a few months. on the web, NTSB Aviation Accident Synopses:
Red UFOs - Of Interest....
- March, 1957 - 3 Pilots Witness Fatal AF Jet &
Flying Saucer Collision
- (From "This
Month In UFO History")
early March, 1957 four single-seat F-86D Sabre jet fighters were returning
from a practice bombing mission on le Shima island off Okinawa in the East
China Sea. The jets, in a trail 1/2 mile apart, were flying under a low
cloud ceiling at 1,500 feet as they made their landing approach to Okinawa.
Without warning, a huge flying saucer with a red-glowing dome dropped directly
into the path of the lead jet. The plane slammed into the canopy at the
leading edge of the saucer and exploded. Fiery debris rained into the sea
below. The saucer, apparently undamaged, hovered momentarily, then lifted
up into the clouds and disappeared. The three surviving pilots gave their
reports of the deadly collision and drew pictures of the UFO for Major
Rudy Pestalozzi, intelligence officer for the Far Eastern Air Force (FEAF).
Pestalozzi included the plots' accounts and drawings in a report to his
superiors. This report, however, may have had any references to flying
saucers deleted by General William Hipps, Command General of FEAF, who
believed that the air force was wasting its time investigating UFOs. The
true content of the report may never be known, as the US Government claims
to have no records of this tragic incident, in spite of the testimony to
the contrary by both Major Rudy Pestalozzi and the three pilots.
- (Source: 'Saucer People'- Kitchen Sink Productions. Artwork - James Neff)
- Thanks to Mike Sparks for providing this scan from a
book called The Science of UFOs by William Alschuller, Ph.D. and
St. Martin's Press.