|Occurred : 1/29/2013 23:50 (Entered as : 01/29/13 23:50)
Reported: 1/30/2013 6:03:13 AM 06:03
Location: Hagerstown, MD
|Unusal lights were observed in one location (not moving) then simply went out.
Time: 11:50pm EST
Approximate physical location of craft:
Latitude: 39°41'38.81"N Longitude: 77°40'35.08"W Altitude: 800 to 1,200 feet above the ground Description of area: Lights were observed over farmland with some houses located at the north end of Hagerstown, Maryland in Washington County, Maryland, USA.
Description of siting: There was no visible craft but lights were observed twice within about 1 hour (in the same location). The first time the lights were observed was by 1 person around 11:00pm and was discounted as a plane but in a strange location (not the typical approach to the local airport). The second time the lights were observed was at 11:50pm by 2 people. There were multiple lights with different colors (red, yellow, orange) in roughly a straight line but not exactly lined up.
The lights stayed fairly consistent but did appear to fluctuate somewhat. Then the lights simply went out. The craft/lights did not appear to move, land, fly away or otherwise act like a plane, helicopter or other normal aircraft.
The area that the siting occurred is generally in the path of the local airport (Hagerstown Washington County Regional Airport - HGR) and it is typical for planes to approach the airport from this direction which we observe many times over the years. When planes come in from a far distance, they appear to be standing still for a few minutes but then move to the left as they approach the airport. This is the typical observance of landing aircraft seen by us many times. The first reaction to what was seen on the night of 1-29-13 was that it was just an airplane, but after a few minutes of it "not moving," we went to get binoculars, then the lights went out in about seconds. Aircraft approaching the airport DO NOT turn their lights out completely right before landing!! If anything, they turn their landing lights on as they get closer. Again the craft did not appear to move at all and was seen in the same location about 50 minutes apart, then the lights simply went out. ! We observed the entire area for another 20 minutes looking for the lights to re-appear, they did not.
Another concern is that the location of the siting was about +/-10 miles southwest of a military installation known as Site R (aka “the underground Pentagon”) just north of Camp David. This area is a strict no-fly zone and aircraft approaching the airport (HGR) must abide by the approved flight path.
Other observations we noted. We saw some clouds, stars (big dipper), a nearly full moon, communication towers in the far distance with red blinking lights and several high altitude aircraft with their typical red blinking lights which were much farther up in the sky (perhaps 5,000 ft or 10,000 ft). All of these items are observed nightly, which is normal. The siting of the mysterious lights were distinct and nothing like the other lights or items listed above.