URECAT -> Homeclick!

Cette page en franšaisCliquez!

URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

DECEMBER 7, 1978, NAVELLI, AQUILA, ITALY, ALFONSO MARINELLI:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Italian ufology sources indicate that on December 7, 1978, at 11:45 p.m., Alfonso Marinelli was driving his new Mercedes car in the Navelli area when it unexpectedly failed.

After pulling off, he saw two lights that seemed to approach him. When they were at 10 or 15 meters from him, he began to distinguish human shapes: two "little men" wearing something like silver-colored astronauts suits, very phosphorescent, and large helmets with a visor at the front.

The two beings had luminous beacons on the chest that seemed interlocked in straps wrapped on their shoulders. They were 0.8 or 0.9 meters tall.

They were flying in vertical position, and in a few minutes they passed near his car. Then, they reverted their route and returned where they had come from.

Marinelli reported there was no noise of engine of propellers.

Completely upset, he eventually resumed his travel.

Marinelli heard no noise of engine or propellers.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001278
Date of event: December 7, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1996?
Delay of report: Day, 2 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology group SUF.
First certain record by: Ufology book Tambellini.
First alleged record type: Ufology group.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: December 13, 2011
This file last updated on: December 13, 2011
Country of event: Italy
State/Department: Aquila
Type of location: On the road.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 0.80 to 0.90 meters
Entities outfit type: Spacesuit, large helmet with visor at the front, beacon on chest interlocked in straps wrapped on shoulders.
Entities outfit color: Silver phosphorescent.
Entities skin color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities body: Not reported. Little men.
Entities head: In large helmet with visor at the front.
Entities eyes: Not reported or hidden by helmet visor.
Entities mouth: Not reported or not visible, helmet.
Entities nose: Not reported or not visible, helmet.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported or not visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Flew on road near wtness and back.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Very upset.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. mt1:] MORENO TAMBELLINI:

The author indicates that on December 7, 1978, at 11:45 p.m., Mr. Alfonso Marinelli was driving his new Mercedes car in the Navelli area when it unexpectedly failed. As he had pulled off, he saw two lights that seemed to approach him. When these were at about 10 or 15 meters from him he began to distinguish human shapes: two "little men" wearing something like silver-colored astronauts suits, very phosphorescent, with two large helmets with a visor at the front. Marinelli heard no noise of engine or propellers. The two wore luminous beacons on the chest that seemed interlocked in straps wrapped on their shoulders. Their height was around 80 or 90 centimeters, they were flying in vertical position and in a few minutes they passed near his car. Then they reverted their route and returned where they had come from. Marinelli, completely upset, could resume his travel.

[Ref. cu1:] CENTRO UFOLOGICO NAZIONALE:

MON. DECEMBER 11, 1978 NIGHT PIANO DI NAVELLI (AU) CE3

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Navelli, Abruzzi, Italy, on December 12, 1978, at 2345, Alfonso Marinelli was traveling in his new Mercedez near Navelli when his engine suddenly quit. The witness then noted two bright lights approaching slowly in his direction. As the light approached the witness was able to make out two short human like figures. The figures wore silvery suits, resembling that of astronauts. The suits were fluorescent, and both figures wore huge oval shaped helmets. The front of the helmets had black rectangular shaped visors. In the chest area the figures had what appeared to be straps with a bright round light on the center. The figures then rose to about 90 cm in a vertical movement and in a few minutes flew over the witness vehicle, quickly disappearing from sight. Soon Marinelli was able to start his engine and drove away from the area.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Archivio S.U.F."

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

Dec.11, 1978; Navelli, Abruzzi, Italy

10:00 PM. A taxi driving on a road near the town of Navelli was forced to brake when two luminous globes were blocking the road ahead. The engine of the vehicle then died. Two humanoids glided across the surface without touching the ground. (Source: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT: Italian UFO Catalogue).

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

December 12

1978 - At 11:45 p.m. Alfonso Marinelli was traveling in his new Mercedez near Navelli, in the Abruzzi region of Italy when his engine suddenly quit. He then noted two bright lights approaching slowly in his direction. As the lights approached Marinelli was able to make out two short human-like figures. The figures wore silvery suits, resembling those of astronauts. The suits were luminous, and both figures wore huge oval-shaped helmets. The front of the helmets had black visors. Over the chest the figures had what appeared to be straps with a bright round light on the center. The figures rose off the ground to a height about 90 cm and in flew over the witness vehicle, quickly disappearing from sight. Marinelli was soon able to start his car's engine and drove away from the area. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, citing Archivio S.U.F.).

[Ref. pm1:] PINO MORELLI:

The author says that four cases took place in December 1978, "one on the 7th in Navelli (AQ), when Mr. Alfonso Marinelli claimed he had seen in travel (after his car was completely paralyzed) two lights flying with at the edge small very fluorescent human forms that were seen without landing."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 December 1978 at 22:00 in Navelli, Italy, there was a "Taxi Driver incident." "Taxi forced to brake, two luminous globes ahead on road. Electromagnetic effect. two humanoids glide across ground."

The source is indicated as "Verga, Maurizio, Italian UFO Catalogue" and "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 12 December 1978 at 23:45 in Navelli, Abruzzi, Italy, "At 11:45 p.m. Alfonso Marinelli was traveling in his new Mercedez near Navelli, in the Abruzzi region of Italy when his engine suddenly quit. He then noted two bright lights approaching slowly in his direction. As the lights approached Marinelli was able to make out two short human-like figures. The figures wore silvery suits, resembling those of astronauts. The suits were luminous, and both figures wore huge oval-shaped helmets. The front of the helmets had black visors. Over the chest the figures had what appeared to be straps with a bright round light on the center. The figures rose off the ground to a height about 90 cm and in flew over the witness vehicle, quickly disappearing from sight. Marinelli was soon able to start his car's engine and drove away from the area."

And: "Alfonso Marinelli was traveling in his new Mercedez near Navelli when his engine suddenly quit. The witness then noted two bright lights approaching slowly in his direction. As the light approached the witness was able to make out two short human like figures. The figures wore silvery suits, resembling that of astronauts. The suits were fluorescent, and both figures wore huge oval shaped helmets. The front of the helmets had black rectangular shaped visors. In the chest area the figures had what appeared to be straps with a bright round light on the center. The figures then rose to about 90 cm in a vertical movement and in a few minutes flew over the witness vehicle, quickly disappearing from sight. Soon Marinelli was able to start his engine and drove away from the area."

The source indication is a broken link.

[Ref. nv1:] MARIA ANTONIETTA DE MURO AND ORAZIO VALENTI:

The authors say that on December 13, 1978, in the Aquila, two large red lights in the sky were seen by a motorist passing in the area, Mr. Alfonso Marinelli, and he reported it to the the police officers of Silvi.

Points to consider:

See the List of issues.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 13, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 13, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 13, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of report unknown: rumour, anonymous letter, newspaper, investigated case...? Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe December 13, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Short report only. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 13, 2011 Creation, [mt1], [cu1], [ar1], [ni1], [dj1], [pm1], [ud1], [ud2], [mv1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 13, 2011 First published.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict



 Feedback  |  Top  |  Back  |  Forward  |  Map  |  List |  Home
This page was last updated on December 13, 2011