Eyewitnesses claim lights seen over Phoenix are UFOs.
On the night of March 13, 1997, Phoenix resident Michael Krzyston shot amateur video of lights flying over his home in a “V” formation:
Michael Krzyston was not the only eyewitness that evening. Thousands of Arizona residents claimed to have seen the exact same formation of lights. Were the lights UFOs? Many of the eyewitnesses were immediately convinced.
Not surprisingly, an official explanation soon emerged from Capt. Drew Sullins of the Air National Guard:
It seemed plausible that flares would be the cause for the sightings. However, there was a problem with the military’s explanation. The military said the flares were dropped between 9:00 and 10:00 PM. However, the most impressive sighting occurred between 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Taken together, these eyewitness accounts seem to indicate that there was something other than flares in the Phoenix sky that night.
At 8:10 PM, nearly an hour before the military began dropping flares, Ross Nickle and his family were driving on Highway 89 when they spotted the lights overhead:
Twenty minutes later, a commercial airline pilot and his wife were driving home after dinner when they too spotted the lights. For professional reasons, the pilot agreed to tell his story only if his identity was concealed:
Given the locations of the sightings, the lights appeared to be heading south. At 8:30 PM, Ozma Linderman and her boyfriend were just settling down for the evening when they had their own encounter:
At 8:45 PM, 15 minutes before the military began dropping flares, trucker Gary Morris spotted the lights while driving:
Between 8:00 and 9:00 PM the Phoenix lights had traveled over 300 miles and been seen by hundreds of witnesses. An hour passed. Then at 10 PM Michael Krzyston shot the video that would provide the basis for the military’s official explanation:
The commercial pilot is convinced the lights he saw were not flares:
Will the mystery of the Phoenix lights ever be solved? For the military, the case is closed. But for hundreds of eyewitnesses the question remains: did the Phoenix lights come from somewhere beyond the stars?