'Shook up' retired pilot describes seeing 4 UFOs flying over Ohio

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Apr 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT (Updated)

Seeing just one UFO would be enough to freak most of us out, but this guy spotted four.

Since 1969, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) has been collecting eyewitness accounts of UFOs. These days they've got a pretty massive online database full of UFO case files, and while many of those case files probably aren't all that noteworthy, others really jump out at you. This particular report comes from a 50-year-old retired pilot in Alliance, a city in northeastern Ohio. At about 9:23 p.m. on April 21, he was outside putting something in his pickup truck when he looked up and saw three objects in the sky.

"I closed the truck door and pivoted to my left (now facing north) to go back in my house, when I noticed on the horizon three objects approximately 30 degrees above the horizon at an altitude of 3500 MSL (2500 AGL in this area)," the witness stated. "The objects were flying in formation with the lead craft in the middle and the other two craft approximately one nautical mile back and one nautical mile to either side of the lead craft."

The witness described the objects as looking like "an orange-yellow fireball," and said it was clear they were three separate objects rather than one big object because he could see the night sky in between them.

"I am a retired pilot and the reason I was startled is that I initially stared at the lead object only due to the fact that it resembled an aircraft, especially a turbo-prop, with an engine fire. My eyes were obviously drawn to the other two craft as well and I did not know what to make of what I was seeing. The craft [was] heading due west (270 degrees) making no sound."

After going into his house to get a pair of binoculars, he came back out and saw a fourth object flying behind the other three. He didn't get photos or video of what he was seeing, and there's always the chance that his account is somewhat embellished, but after a lifetime of flying, the witness said this incident was his first encounter with something unusual in the sky.

"I'm really kind of shook up by this. I just was asked by someone the other day if I had ever seen anything whenever I was flying, you know, UFOs they asked. Honestly and emphatically, no. I've answered anyone that has ever asked me that question and I have been asked a lot. I can no longer answer no."

You can read the full account of the incident on the MUFON website here.

(MUFON via Huffington Post)