- In late 1999, NIDS announced the creation of a 24-hour
hotline [702-798-1700] to receive calls from the public regarding their
sightings of unusual aerial phenomena. Since then, NIDS has reported only
anecdotally on the large number of low flying triangular craft reports
received. One of these cases involved the sighting by four policemen and
several other eyewitnesses in Illinois on Jan 5 2000. The case was thoroughly
investigated by NIDS. Because of the high caliber eyewitnesses, the investigation
gained considerable media attention and was the subject of an hour-long
documentary TV program entitled 'UFOs Over Illinois' on the Discovery
Channel. This program was shown several times in late 2000 and in 2001.
- The purpose of the present paper is to publish a more
complete summary of the 127 reports that NIDS has received in the past
14 months on the triangular craft phenomenon. Secondly, we ask the question:
does the reported low altitude of these aircraft constitute a safety issue
in the United States? Although NIDS receives information on these triangular
craft from overseas, by far the greatest number have come from within
the United States. It should be emphasized that the craft performance
characteristics in these 127 reports is generally not consistent with
any acknowledged aircraft being currently deployed by the United States
military. The recurring characteristics of the objects described in this
report are: (1) Flying at low or very low altitude; (2) Huge or large;
(3) Flying silently; (4) Hovering or flying very slowly (less than 100MPH);
(5) Very brightly lit, sometimes with multi-colored lights. The majority
(60.5%) of the reports in the NIDS database describe recent events that
occurred between January 1999 and present.
- We report here that the extremely low altitudes of these
triangular aircraft, as reported by dozens of eyewitnesses from dozens
of separate locations in the United States, probably constitutes a public
safety hazard and should be investigated by appropriate authorities.
- The full report can be found on the NIDS web site http://www.nidsci.org
in the What's New section.
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