A secondhand UFO report from the 1990s has been submitted to TexasUFOs, and I think there is a good amount of detail here for the community to investigate. Reader Jesus Cantu-Cadena shared a harrowing encounter of a strange cloud or smoky haze coming from the Central Power and Light Plant in Laredo, Texas, which then turned into a bright light that enveloped a crew of railroad workers:
Richard Cisneros, was the Union Pacific Railroad foreman of the crew running the switching train job at that time. Richard told me that they were switching or bringing in a train, don't recall exactly which. They were by north Laredo off of the north Santa Maria street tracks close to the CENTRAL POWER AND LIGHT PLANT. It was about eleven pm or later when he claims that it was like a cloud that formed by the CPL plant and that the train engine locomotive completely died and also the crews' walkie talkie radios and engine radio. He claimed that they were enveloped in a very bright light. They tried to call the Union Pacific main office to report what happened but they could not communicate at all. I was not there personally. I am only divulging what Richard told me that he and his crew experienced. I believe that at that time there were three or four in a crew including the engineer. This happened about twenty years ago, about 1998-99, somewhere in that scope of time. I personally believe that they truly experienced that. He did not say anything about hearing any noise or humming of an engine.
I so far cannot find other reports, photos or videos of this sighting, but believe it or not, UFOs commonly show up at power plants:
If you've ever heard anything about this amazing UFO sighting, or have theories on what these railroad workers saw in the 1990s, share in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
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A self-proclaimed MUFON reporter had their own sighting to share (case 85641), but one from over a decade ago. Although the witness believes the sighting to be a pretty dull one, I disagree and thought it was worth sharing with the community here:
I was coming back from a walk with my friend Valerie, we were walking back to the Austin Automation Center, which was part of a huge federal complex in Austin, TX. We both looked up and saw a small flat black probe type of flying saucer which was flopping gently thru the air on a definite trajectory over the Federal complex, less than 100 yards over us, we watched it as it flew directly over us and on towards the fed complex. My first thought was it looked like a probe, but even more surprising was my thought of how unremarkable it was. I've always been a UFO enthusiast and to have that thought was quite strange for me, even looking back now so many years, it still feels literally unremarkable. I asked my friend; "Should we call Bergstrom?" Bergstrom was a local AFB and also had reservists there. She remarked; "No, it's not a big deal". My thoughts were; 'yeah, not a big deal - it's just a small flat black, perfectly smooth little flying saucer which isn't even big enough to house a person, let alone be dangerous, and seems to be just motoring along.' So I silently agreed with her that it was not a big deal and getting Bergstrom on the phone, to explain it would have sucked - I mean literally sucked, I imagined the whole men in black scenario and my brief consideration to alert Bergstrom to it, was exactly that brief and barely considered. Honestly I just didn't even consider reporting it - it was literally that unremarkable.
I find the shape and behavior of this UFO to be very peculiar, and wondered if anyone else had ever heard of a UFO like this, as I cannot say that I have. Please share if you've ever seen a UFO like this!
A daytime video showing a bright fireball moving very slowly over Houston was uploaded to YouTube a couple of years ago; although the witness has just now brought this footage to my attention, I did report on other similar witness reports at the time. According to this witness, Rice University analyzed the footage and "debunked" it as a bolide, or exploding meteor. But could Rice University have been wrong? Check out the footage below and judge for yourself:
Watched this from my balcony Sunday at around 5:40pm for around 5 minutes. Can't explain it. To slow for a meteor. Any thoughts?
Here's another photo snapped the same week, or possibly even the same day; in this case, the bright light does appear to be moving quickly, resembling a more typical meteor:
Here is a video showing a bolide, or meteor exploding in the air, to compare to the footage above:
This newly-discovered video of a fireball over Houston does not show a meteor or a meteor exploding, in my opinion, however other photos and reports from the area at the time do support that theory. The sightings may or may not be related, but it's hard to imagine the latter. Perhaps we are viewing ball lightning, or some other strange albeit natural sky phenomenon besides a meteor?
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A really phenomenal and detailed account of 30+ flying saucers flying in formation over the James Connally Air Force Base (now, a public use airport) in Waco, Texas in 1954 has just now surfaced on MUFON (case 85062). The witness wanted to take a picture of the event, but as he was training to become a fighter pilot at the time, he was not able to break the line and grab a camera. Although I could not find any photos or videos of this sighting, apparently the Air Force Base was able to confirm that the UFOs were hovering at 100,000 feet and were extremely large, about 100-feet in diameter. Read the testimony:
Saw thirty three 100 foot diameter flying saucers in three formations together
I was able to find two articles from the Waco Tribune from the same year (January 1954 issue) that document a local's sighting of a flying saucer in November from the year prior, and curiously enough, a news story about flying saucer-detecting cameras being installed at "60 control towers and 15 air defense sites," which matches up nicely to the witness claims that the base "had to keep detailed record of the saucers:"
What do you think of this incredible testimony? During the 1940s and 50s, there were many documented flying saucer and UFO sightings, from Roswell to the White House UFO incident; perhaps this sighting should have joined that well-known documentation.
Or could this testimony simply be a hoax, or even an overreaction to something a bit more mundane? Though this seems unlikely, as the witness wrote into MUFON anonymously and with absolutely no fanfare... share your ideas on this story in the comments below, and/or join the discussion over on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
If you remember this mass UFO sighting in Waco from the 1950s, or remember hearing about it, please help with this case and report your experience.
VICE has just published an amazing new interview with Alien (1979) actor Yaphet Kotto about his experiences with the fictional aliens on director Ridley Scott's set, as well as... the real UFOs and aliens who have quietly haunted him throughout his life. Although Kotto claims he has never publicly talked about UFOs before this interview, I found a few obscure clips from an (apparent) 1993 documentary about a mass UFO sighting that Kotto recorded on camera. More on that, below. For VICE, however, Kotto opened up about a different mass UFO sighting he experienced in the Philippines, as well as his childhood encounters with extraterrestrial entities, which began at the age of 9 or 10:
"[On his childhood encounters with an "real-life "aliens"]
Kotto reflected on how there seemed to be a "pattern" to the UFOs he witnessed, as if he was "special" and able to summon them. A common type of UFO he witnessed was a strange sort of "smoke ring":
[On the regularity of UFO sightings]
[On the large UFO sighting in the Philippines]
Although Kotto stated that he costarred in Alien because it was a great script, and nothing more, he did find himself constantly reminded of his real UFO encounters while filming. He even noticed strange Egyptian symbols on parts of the fictional spacecraft used in the film, which he was sure no one else noticed:
[On his experience filming Alien]
Kotto also recalled the fearful days that followed after director Ridley Scott traumatized the crew by surprising them all with an alien effect. This fearful time is also when he decided to become a ufologist:
[About the fear on set, and his decision to become a ufologist.]
When I was doing research for this article, I came across two very strange YouTube videos that appear to show clips from a documentary made by Kotto back in the 1990s. Though I can't find the original footage, or much information about it, for that matter (there is no IMDB listing for it), it appears to document a September 1993 UFO sighting over a church in Marmora, Ontario, Canada, in which a light, appearing as a heavenly angel - if you can believe it, hovered for a long duration of time:
According to the YouTube channel (a Kotto fan account, it seems), the 1993 sighting occurred over a church located on Bursthall Street in Marmora, and was seen by many in the village, who proclaimed it to be a spiritual event. Kotto's opinion, however, was that it was not a spiritual event, but a UFO event. That opinion was evidently not popular with the locals, and that could be the reason we've never heard about this sighting before. In addition to the sighting, here is the other alleged clip from the documentary.
Perhaps this 1993 sighting is a hoax or a misunderstood work of fiction, or not actually affiliated with Kotto at all? It is hard to imagine why a respected actor would put everything on the line with a UFO hoax, but one can never really know these days. Regardless, why was this left out of the VICE interview?
Kotto ends the VICE interview by citing his belief that aliens may disclose themselves soon, and they may have an environmentally-friendly message. Will the UFO and Alien Disclosure movement make faster headway thanks to "celebrity" UFO sightings like these, and do aliens have a positive message for humans here on Earth?
What do you think of this latest VICE interview or the supposed UFO sighting that Kotto filmed in 1993? I will do my best to follow up for more information, but you can share your thoughts on this story in the comments below, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!