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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/11/2006 22:05 (Entered as : 09/11/06 22:05)
Reported: 9/13/2006 6:38:06 AM 06:38
Posted: 10/30/2006
Location: Johnson City, TN
Shape: Cigar
Duration: 20 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
Aircraft near miss with a "meteor", subsequent sightings

Appalachian recieved a report and confirmed with the FAA that a regional aircraft pilot reported a near collision with a meteor (22:05)while flying west of Tri-Cities at an altitude of 4500 feet. The pilot reported the "meteor" was at his elevation , in a level trajectory and very slow. Subsequently, several calls to the FAA control center at Tri Cities inquired about a burning aircraft.

Minutes later, a witness (who knew nothing about the aircraft report) reported having observed a large dark cigar shaped object hovering low over downtown Johnson City. She described the object as looking like a "Vietnam helicopter"( we assume a Chinook) with no props. The object was observed for several minutes as the witness drove. The object it's self was described as long, blunt , silent and having a white light on top and bottom with a larger light on the end which was hanging some 45 degrees lower toward the ground on this end. The witness reported that the object ascended and moved off quickly to the southeast.

Yet another report came in from Carter County from a person listening to a scanner and heard a discussion regarding a " unidentified flying object", laughter and a request to discuss the subject by cell phone instead of radio. A request to the county 911 office for futher information could find no records regarding this "ufo." All of these events took place within a 20-30 minute time frame which lead us to believe thay are possibly related.

((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to Mr. Kim Shaffer, former State Director for MUFON for the eastern half of Tennessee, for sharing this report with our Center. PD))