Go Back Report # 260

December 03, 1962, was a Monday, so Sunday would have been December 02, 1962.        

‘Plunges’ into Lake      

Unidentified Flying Object Sweeps Across Area Skies       

   Speculation is running rampant today as to the origin of an unidentified flying object seen in northern skies Sunday night by servers from Akron to Syracuse, N. Y., including those from Conneaut and Lakeville.          
ve persons in the Conneaut-Lakeville area reported sighting the object as it flashed through the sky about 8:45 p.m.    
   In other areas greater excitement was created wh
en it was reported as a plane engulfed in flames plunging into Lake Erie. Erie coastguardsmen were dispatched to search the waters in their area as a result of this report.         
   However, Port Erie Airport personnel said they had no reports of any plane missing in the area. Mrs. George Goodiel, State and Middle Rds., and her daughters, Linda, 16 and Jan, 14, sighted the object as they entered the drive of their home. First thought was that it was a shooting star, Mrs. Goodiel said. Then as the object continued this idea was discarded.       
Goodiels description stated it looked like an enormous light bulb. The front appeared to be a sparkly blue with the middle section giving off a brilliant white light. The tail of the object appeared to be emitting red sparks.          
   As the three watched it for what seemed quite a while, it coursed its way eastward angling off toward the north.

At Public Dock

   Two other observers watched from the Public Dock as the object apparently arched its way into the lake. These viewers first thought it to be a flare, perhaps sent up by a boat in distress but were puzzled by a greenish coloring. As the object descended behind the break wall west of the lighthouse, leaving a trail behind it, it appeared to disintegrate much like the rockets in a Fourth of July fireworks display, it was reported.   
   Port Erie Airport personnel said they received reports from Akron, Youngsville, Pa., Jamestown, N.Y., and other points, all within minutes of each other, of flashes of fire seen in the sky moving from the southwest to the north.            

Reference for the above text is:
News clip: Conneaut, Ohio, News Herald, 3 December 1962.

UFOCAT PRN – 76784          
UFOCAT URN – NONE   Conneaut, Ohio, News Herald, 3 December 1962        
UFOCAT URN - 076784 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 226, © 1970      

UFOCAT PRN – 150631        
UFOCAT URN – NONE Conneaut, Ohio, News Herald, December 03, 1962     
UFOCAT URN - 150631 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0875, © 1980

North America – United States, Ohio, Summit/Ashtabula       
Akron     Latitude 41-04-53 N, Longitude 081-31-08 W (D-M-S) [populated place]    
Conneaut   Latitude 41-56-51 N, Longitude 080-33-15 W [populated place]  
Lakeville    Latitude 41-57-00 N, Longitude 080-34-27 W [populated place]   
Lake Erie   Latitude 41-58-24 N, Longitude 081-18-11 W [lake]         
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

North America – United States, New York, Onondaga 
Syracuse   Latitude 43-02-53 N, Longitude 076-08-51 W [populated place]   
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

North America – United States, Pennsylvania, Erie     
Erie             Latitude 42-07-45 N, Longitude 080-05-06 W (D-M-S) [populated place]          
Port Erie Airport  Latitude 42-04-59 N, Longitude 080-10-54 W [Erie International Airport]   
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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