Go Back Report # 1579


Aug. 24, 1978; Ottumwa, IA   

10:00 PM. A 54-year-old cook was on her way from her brother's house about 10 miles south of town when this EM interference case occurred. She was on Cliffland Road northbound in her '72 Ford LTD, alongside of the Des Moines River in a wooded, rural area under a clear sky. Then a "huge" (full moon-sized) red-orange light shot silently from the east to the west in several seconds "which seemed like forever." As it flew across the front of her car, her windshield fogged up and the car stalled out to a stop on the road. This interference lasted only a few seconds and the car restarted without her turning the key; the window defogged as quickly as it had steamed up. She last saw the light against a background of trees up ahead, lower than the treetops.     

(IUFOR, December 1978, see Rodeghier, 1981, p. 73 (E) car)

Reference for the above text is: Website: NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena): The 1978 UFO Chronology:            

UFOCAT PRN – 110550        
UFOCAT URN – 110550
IUR (International UFO Reporter), (CUFOS), December 1978, p. 14   
UFOCAT URN – 126940 UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference by Mark Rodeghier, p. 073, © 1981       
UFOCAT URN – 145859 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 257, © 2000      
UFOCAT URN – 167581 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 12782, © 2002        

North America – United States, Iowa, Wapello
Ottumwa   Latitude 41-01-12 N, Longitude 092-24-41 W (D-M-S) [populated place]  
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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