A prominent citizen of Dawson Creek noticed what
appeared to be a red light hovering in the sky last Wednesday at 9 p.m. It
appeared to hover over the Kilkerran area which is north of Dawson Creek just
off the Alaska Highway.
Ordinarily a red light in the sky
could only be one of two things, a red star, or the port clearance light on
the wing of an aircraft, but in this case, the light behaved in an erratic
manner that placed both possibilities beyond consideration.
An aircraft flying towards the viewer
would give the appearance of a stationary light, but if this was what our
viewer saw, the aircraft was either coming or going for at least 15 minutes,
and the light neither got larger nor smaller. Also, the man's wife was called
to the front door with binoculars and even under such magnification the light
continued to appear to be just that - a red light.
Still thinking it an aircraft, our
informant phoned the airport to check on the possibility of a night flight of
some aircraft, but none had flown in the area since 8 p.m.
With the binoculars still trained on
the red light, and his wife watching, the light veered to their left, then to
the right, and then swooped down behind the hill towards Kilkerran and was
seen no more.
Had it been an aircraft, the green
starboard wing light could have been seen, or at least the tail light which is
white on all aircraft that fly at night, but again, in this case no other
light was visible regardless of the direction the light was moving.
Discussing the sighting later, our
informant stated it could not have been a car parked on a hill and a mirage
giving the appearance of a red tail light in the sky - since the sighting was
between 15 and 20 degrees above the horizon, a star would not have moved, nor
would the light be so large. An aircraft would have been coming towards the
viewer and therefore would eventually have passed overhead - or if going away,
the light would have gotten smaller and disappeared, and besides, the swooping
was too fast and jerky to be the movements of an aircraft.
There was no sound such as an
aircraft would have made, except the man and his wife could both hear a faint
persistent humming that only stopped when the light went behind the hill.
Most sightings of this kind, labeled
UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) are laughed at or ridiculed to a point where
others who have sighted same refuse to report them.
One other well known citizen reported
a light last November that was white. This light appeared from the direction
of Chetwynd and as it came towards him while he was driving, blinded him so
that he had to stop the car. Again it was thought that an aircraft’s landing
light might have been the cause, but no noise accompanied this sighting. And
for fear of ridicule the man did not report it to the News media.
Perhaps you have seen something in
the sky that cannot be explained? If so, please give as much details and
witnesses as possible to the News.