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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 14, 1978, TORREBRUNA, CHIETI, ITALY, A MAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Apparently, in 1982 and 1984, the French ufology magazine LDLN - or much later Fortean researcher Chris Aubeck - reported that in Torrebruna, Chieti, Italy, on December 14, 1978, at midnight, a man traveling in his car saw an object that emitted lights hovering just above the roadway.

The man allegedly turned on his headlights and the craft descended and landed on the road ahead of him. The car's radio stops working.

The man then approached the craft, on which a door opened. The man enters the craft, finds himself in a circular room completely illuminated and filled with what appeared to be electronic equipment. He did not see any occupants.

After a few minutes, the man exits the craft and sees it depart at high speed.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001142
Date of event: December 14, 1978
Earliest report of event: March 1982?
Delay of report: 4 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology magazine LDLN.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Foreign ufology magazine.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 16, 2011
This file last updated on: December 16, 2011
Country of event: Italy
State/Department: Chieti
Type of location: On the road.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: N/A, no entity
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: 0
Type of entities: N/A
Entities height: N/A
Entities outfit type: N/A.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: N/A.
Entities body: N/A.
Entities head: N/A.
Entities eyes: N/A.
Entities mouth: N/A.
Entities nose: N/A.
Entities feet: N/A.
Entities arms: N/A.
Entities fingers: N/A.
Entities fingers number: N/A.
Entities hair: N/A.
Entities voice: N/A.
Entities actions: N/A.
Entities/witness interactions: N/A.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, entered UFO, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable invention.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Torrebruna, Chieti, Italy, on December 14, 1978, at midnight, "a man traveling in his car saw an object that emitted lights hovering just above the roadway. The witness turns on his headlights and the object descends and lands on the road ahead of him. The car's radio stops working. The witness then approaches the object and a door opens up. The witness then enters the object and finds himself in a circular room completely illuminated and fill with what appeared to be electronic equipment. He did not see any occupants. After a few minutes the witness exits the object and sees it depart at high speed. (Still technically a type G event)."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia."

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

December 15

[... Other cases ...]

There were a series of close encounter UFO incidents in Italy on this date in 1978. In Torrebruna, Italy a man driving his car shortly after midnight saw a lighted UFO hovering just above the roadway. He blinked his headlights and the object descended and landed on the road ahead of him. The car's radio then stopped working. He got out of his car and approached the object and a door opened up. He then entered and found himself in a circular brightly illuminated room crammed full of instrument panels. He did not see any occupants. After a few minutes the witness left the object and saw it depart at high speed. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, citing Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia; Lumieres dans la Nuit, numbers 214 and 240).

[... Other cases ...]

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 15 December 1978 at 00:20 in Torrebruna, Italy, "Disc lands on road, door opens. Witness goes inside, sees craft full of instrument panels."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One disc was observed by one witness on a road for over three minutes."

The sources are indicated as "Lumieres dans la Nuit, Lumieres dans la Nuit" and "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 December 1978 at 00:00 in Torrebruna, Chieti, Italy, "A man traveling in his car saw an object that emitted lights hovering just above the roadway. The witness turns on his headlights and the object descends and lands on the road ahead of him. The car's radio stops working. The witness then approaches the object and a door opens up. The witness then enters the object and finds himself in a circular room completely illuminated and fill with what appeared to be electronic equipment. He did not see any occupants. After a few minutes the witness exits the object and sees it depart at high speed. (Still technically a type G event)."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

It seems rather curious to me that this case does not seem to be mentioned in any Italian source or listing I have. Was it born in the French magazine LDLN? Is this an investigated case, or just some late anonymous testimony letter published by this magazine?

Let us also note the apparent inconsistency of the affair: a craft lands, nobody is inside, it takes off without anybody inside, whereas it is full of intrument panels, which normally implies that the presence of pilots would be necessary. Also, is it likely that someone would just enter such a craft?

In short, all this does not scream credibility, and obviously, no available investigation report comes to contradict the reasonable doubts that can be formulated.

Finally, this is not stricto sensu a CE3, but a CE1, since no occupant is seen.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 16, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and uncertain, LDLN or Aubeck? Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 16, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 16, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single, anonymous witness case. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe December 16, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No witness information, age, occupation etc Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe December 16, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing a precise description of UFO interior although it is claimed witness stayed minutes inside UFO. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe December 16, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of report unknown: rumour, anonymous letter, newspaper...? Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable 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 16, 2011 Creation, [ar1], [dj1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 16, 2011 First published.

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