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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.

SEPTEMBER 11, 1995, ROCHETTA SANT'ANTONIO, FOGGIA, ITALY, A WOMAN, A MAN, TWO RELATIVES:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Italian ufologist Arcangelo Cassano reported in 1996 that another case of "flying humanoid" was reported in Rocchetta Sant'Antonio, Foggia, Italy, on September 11, 1995.

At 07:45 a.m., a 20-year-old woman A.G. was taking her sheep pasturing in a valley when she noticed something shining, and "low". She got closer and the thing suddenly turned toward her and showed itself to be a 50 centimeters tall smiling humanoid with a brown coverall within a sort of transparent space-suit.

The woman saw two eyes and a nose, two legs and seemingly neither arms nor mouth. A sort of silver half-sphere was on its shoulders, and an antenna was above it.

She gazed at it for about 5 minutes from a distance of 200 to 250 meters, then decided to go home, but soon found that the creature was now following her. She was panicked and begun to run to the road where she met a passing driver, L.D., aged 31, and told him what she saw.

The automobilist tried to get closer to the being and later described it as a dwarf walking to and fro in the valley, later began trotting along on its short legs and taking off. The woman, but not the man, said she heard a noise like a motorcycle.

The man also described a sort of white trail coming from the half-sphere on the humanoid back, while it was flying away.

Two more people, apparently the mother and the aunt of the woman, also saw the flying thing, from the little town.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000297
Date of event: September 11, 1995
Earliest report of event: October 10, 1996
Delay of report: 1 year.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Not known.
First certain record by: Ufology bulletin.
First alleged record type: Not known.
First certain record type: Ufology bulletin.
This file created on: September 10, 2007
This file last updated on: September 10, 2007
Country of event: Italy
State/Department: Foggia
Type of location: Valley, pasture.
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 4
Witnesses ages: 20, 31, adult, adult.
Witnesses types: Farm girl, automobilist.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 0.50 meters
Entities outfit type: Brown combination and transparent space outfit.
Entities outfit color: Brown and transparent.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Half-sphere on shoulders. Two legs.
Entities head: Yes.
Entities eyes: Two.
Entities mouth: None.
Entities nose: Yes.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: None.
Entities fingers: N/A.
Entities fingers number: N/A.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Is in the sky, flies, lands, hops, takes off, flies away.
Entities/witness interactions: Seemed to chase witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled, sought other witness.
Witness(es) feelings: Curious, then frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Confusion or extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ac1:] ARCANGELO CASSANO:

SOME TIMES THEY COME BACK...

Another Flying Humanoid at Rocchetta Sant'Antonio

Investigated by Arcangelo Cassano

Nearly an year after the hovering humanoid seen on October 1994, a new case was reported in Rocchetta Sant'Antonio (Foggia) on September 11, 1995. At 7.45 a.m. a woman of 20 years old was taking her sheeps pasturing in a valley when she noticed something shining. She got closer and suddenly the thing turned toward her and showed itself to be a small smiling humanoid with a brown coverall within a sort of transparent space-suit. It was about 50 centimeters tall, had two eyes and a nose, two legs and seemingly neither arms nor mouth. A sort of silver half-sphere was on its shoulders and an antenna was above it.

She remained gazing at it for about 5 minutes from a distance of 200-250 meters, then decided to get back home, but soon found the creature was now following her. Panicked she began to run to the road, and met a passing driver, telling him of the thing. The man tried to get closer to the being and later described it as a dwarf walking to and from in the valley, later began trotting along on its short legs and took off while the woman (but not the man) heard a noise like a motorcycle. The man also described a sort of white trail coming from the half-sphere on the humanoid back, while it was flying away. Two more people also saw the flying thing from the little town.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Rocchetta Sant Antonio, Italy, on September 11, 1995, at 05:45 p.m., a 20-year-old woman was taking her sheep to a pasture in a valley, when she noticed something shiny standing nearby. She got closer to the object and it suddenly turned towards her. She could now see that it was a small smiling humanoid wearing a brown coverall within a sort of transparent "space suit." It stood about 50cm tall and appeared to have no arms or a nose. It had a silver half sphere with an antenna on top, on its shoulders. She stared at the figure for about 5 minutes then began walking back home. The small being apparently began following her. The witness panicked and she called out to a neighbor, who attempted to approach the small being. This one then began to trot quickly away, then it took off into the air emitting a noise like a motorcycle motor. Two others saw the flying humanoid over a field.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is the Italian UFO Reporter.

[Ref. dc1:] DANIELE AND GABRIELE CATALSIO:

The authors indicate that on September 11, 1995 in Rocchetta Sant'Antonio (FG), a girl in her twenties, A.G., reported to have seen a flying humanoid going down from the sky and landing on the ground of a valley where she had her herd grazing. It was very low and its size was estimated as approximately 50 centimeters but for the remainder, it was of human appearance except for the arms which are not determined clearly.

The girl was at approximately 200-300 meters but she was frightened and decided to flee. In her escape she came across a passing motorist, L.D., aged 31, to whom she told what happened; and he too, having approached the place where the thing had been located, sees a very small being, hopping and then literally taking off. The mother and the aunt of the girl also witnessed it.

Points to consider:

One point of the case seems to casts serious doubt on the reliability of the account: the fact that the humanoid was said to be smiling, whereas it was apparently seen as far as 200 to 300 meters. I do not believe that it is possible to see that some 50 centimeters high person at such a distance is smiling. However, the detail per se could have been sincerely observed and be in fact one clue leading to an ordinary explanation. On the other ends, I wonder how a smile could be perceived whereas the figure was indicated to have no mouth.

One possibility was that it was not a 50 centimeters man but a kite. In such a case, a large "smiley" could be painted on it, it could have no arm and no nose, it could land, it could appear wrapped in something transparent and so on. As the report stands, it is hard to see if this explanation was thought of, if it was discarded, or if it was not thought of.

Screenshot

Left: an Italian association for flying kites, the AIA, Associazione Italiana Aquilonisti, shows this picture as entry point of their web site that unfortunately disappeared. Kites can provide impressions of flying humanoids.

Kite Kite Kite Kite Kite

Still another possibility is that of some plastic or paper bag carried up and down by the wind. In one rather recent Turkish sighting report of a flying and hopping humanoid, the description was correct that it looked like some space alien could, but ultimately, the alien was found to have been a bizarre assembly of a yellow plastic bag with some paper trash attached to it.

On the other end, the "half-sphere on the shoulders" of the humanoid is to be considered as a possible clue that it was using a parachute. If this is so, we would have a very distorted account of an ordinary man coming down with a parachute; but this possibility is also really at odds with all the rest of the story: the hopping, the taking off, the "transparent space-suit" etc.

Finally, it does not appear possible to put forth one explanation or another, essentially due to lack of precise data such as a plan of the manoeuvers, the angular sizes, the exact information on the mentioned landing and taking off sighting distance, the winds, etc.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe September 10, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross The investigation report [ac1] looks like only a sighting report with no attempt at identification. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 10, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross It is not known when, how and to whom witnesses initially reported (newspaper? ufologist directly?...). Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe September 10, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing important information such as angular size, sketches, situation plan for maneuvers, winds... Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Confusion or extraterrestrial visitors.

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 September 10, 2007 Creation, [ac1], [ar1], [dc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 10, 2007 First published.

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