Go Back Report # 128
01-27-1956

01-27-1956               MISIDENTIFICATION             PROFESSIONAL TRANSLATION       

CISU Case: 015

Location: Trani (BA)

Category B: Objects that enter the water or they dive down after making some additional

            maneuvers or they dive down and then re-emerge to disappear in the sky (the way

            that the first contact with the water happens is most important).

Evaluation: Probable sounding balloons

Original Source: "Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno" del 29/01/1956; CrashCat caso n. 020.           

Sighting Description: Numerosi corpi (fino a dodici) vennero osservati nel cielo sopra a Bari. Uno addirittura venne inseguito, in un tentativo di intercettazione, da un aereo militare decollato da dall’aeroporto di Amendola. Secondo notizie ufficiose e non confermate due di tali corpi, alle ore 16:40 ed a circa 1.500 metri dalla costa, precipitarono in mare. Il tentativo di recuperarli da parte di un motopesca non ebbe successo. L’ufficio stampa della IV Z.A.T. (Zona Aerea Territoriale) lanciò l’ipotesi, molto credibile, che si fosse trattato di palloni sonda. Proprio in quei giorni, infatti, tecnici americani iniziarono vasti esperimenti di carattere meteorologico, per lo studio delle correnti d’aria. E’ quindi probabile che alcuni di questi palloni siano stati deviati dalle cattive condizioni del tempo di quei giorni.         

Sighting Description: Several objects (up to twelve of them) were seen in the sky above Bari. One of these objects was even pursued, in an attempt to intercept it, by a military plane dispatched from Amendola Airport. At 4:40 p.m., according to unofficial and non-confirmed reports, two of these objects fell into the sea around 1500 meters from the coast. An attempt to retrieve them with a trawler was unsuccessful. The press office of the 4th Aerial Fly Zone (Z.A.T.) offered the plausible theory that the objects were sounding balloons. In fact, in those days American engineers had started vast meteorological experiments in the study of air currents. It is therefore possible that some of their sounding balloons had been set off course by bad weather conditions during that period.                                                                                                                       

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU), © 1996 by Marco Bianchini. http://www.cisu.org/          

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Europe – Italy, Bari

Trani    Latitude 41-17 N, Longitude 16-25 E (D-M)

This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board on Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1956.       


 



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