Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 09:33:46 -0600 (CST)
From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows@...
Subject: [canufo] Canadian Prime Minister and UFOs?
29 March 2004
Ufology Research of Manitoba
Prime Minister of Canada may have seen
brilliant fireball over Alberta
(Winnipeg, MB) A brilliant fireball was seen across western Canada and
east into Ontario on Sunday night, March 21, 2004. It was seen by
witnesses on the ground and in the air, including observers on the private
jet carrying the Right Honourable Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada.
Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM) has confirmed a report that the
pilot of the Prime Minister's aircraft reported an unidentified bright
object to air traffic controllers in Edmonton while flying near CFB
Suffield on Sunday night, March 21 at 7:56 pm local time. It is not known
at this time if the Prime Minister was advised of the incident, or in fact
was also a witness to the event.
The report, made available to UFOROM through Transport Canada, noted that
pilots of three aircraft, including an Air Canada flight, a Westjet flight
and the government jet, all reported seeing "a very bright light falling
from the sky, with smoke trailing." In addition, pilots of
several other aircraft flying near Westaskiwin, Alberta, also reported
seeing the object. One of these pilots was said to have described it as
"the brightest fireball he'd ever seen."
Astronomers and other researchers are piecing together the events of last
Saturday night and some now believe that at least two separate fireballs
were seen across Canada, and perhaps more. There had been several earlier
UFO reports received by investigators on Friday, March 19, from locations
across Canada including Summerside, PEI and Victoria, BC. Those reports
involved bright source or flash of light in the sky, moving from west to
east at high speed.
On Saturday, March 21, 2004, around 7:30 pm CST, literally hundreds of
people in Manitoba, including two RCMP officers, saw a "comet-like,"
blue-green object with a long tail fragmenting and flaring as it fell from
the northwest to the southeast. One witness noted: "It was like
Armageddon. A round ball of flames with a long tail headed straight east."
It was thought that an aircraft had crashed, so emergency vehicles tried
to respond to the reports, but to no avail. Across the border into
Minnesota, witnesses near Minneapolis also saw "a blue light hurtling
towards the ground" in the eastern sky around the same time.
Approximately an hour later, at about 9:30 pm EST, a witness in Quebec
reported seeing a fast-moving object "shaped like two X's'" flying quickly
from the west to the east. Around the same time, a man and his son were in
their car near the Ottawa airport and watched a bright blue-green fireball
with a long tail falling into the southwest.
What seems to have been another cluster of reports occurred in Alberta
about the same time as the Quebec incidents, when hundreds more people
watched a bright, bluish "comet" zip quickly through the night sky at
about 7:30 pm MST, heading from the northwest to the southeast. Reports
came from observers in Calgary and Edmonton, and other locations along
Alberta Route 2. Some observers in Saskatchewan reported the fireball flew
from the east to the west, allowing meteor experts to pinpoint its impact
site north of Kindersley. At least one all-sky meteor camera caught the
fireball's terminal burst of light low in the sky northwest of Calgary at
7:33 pm MST. What makes the Alberta observations particularly significant
is the fact that they included several reports from pilots, including that
from the Prime Minister's own aircraft.
Further complicating the investigations are other reports such as one from
about 2:30 am Sunday morning in northern Alberta of another bright
fireball falling into the east. And most recently, several reports were
received in Manitoba of yet another fireball or bright meteor seen on
Tuesday night, March 23. In almost all cases, the duration of the fireball
was between five and ten seconds, considered quite long for a meteoric
event. Some witnesses had time to call others to turn around and look at
the object progressing through the night sky.
"We're not talking about spaceships or Martians," says Chris Rutkowski,
research coordinator for Ufology Research of Manitoba, based in Winnipeg.
"There's no question that some objects were witnessed by many observers
across Canada on Saturday night and Sunday morning, but these were
spectacular bolides - chunks of a comet or perhaps a passing asteroid or
other space debris that entered the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and
burned up, fragmenting as they zipped quickly across the sky."
Rutkowski has been working with astronomers to piece together the myriad
of reports in order to better understand the events of last Saturday night.
UFOROM publishes an annual report on UFO sightings in Canada, including
many meteors and fireballs. The annual study is compiled with the
participation of investigators, researchers and journalists across Canada
and from files forwarded by civilian UFO groups and other agencies.
Last month, UFOROM released its 2003 survey, which found that an all-time
record 673 reports of unidentified objects were made to various groups and
investigators in Canada. saw an all-time record high number of sightings
reported. Most sightings have explanations such a the fireballs seen this
past week, but the study notes some of these objects are more difficult to
Rutkowski says that many witnesses are pilots, police and other
individuals with reasonably good observing capabilities and good judgement.
He notes: "Popular opinion to the contrary, there is yet to be any
incontrovertible evidence that some UFO cases involve extraterrestrial
contact. However, the continued reporting of UFOs by the public and the
yearly increase in numbers of UFO reports suggests a need for further
examination of the phenomenon by social, medical and/or physical
The complete study is available online at: www.geocities.com/aristotl.geo
Ufology Research of Manitoba is an independent, private research group and
is not affiliated with any government agency, university or business.
For further information, contact:
Ufology Research of Manitoba, e-mail: rutkows@...