Go Back Report # 47


Plummeting Airplane?           

Flashing Light, Noise Upset Dogs, Stir Search in Adams

By Mary Jane Williams, Statesman Correspondent     

        NEW MEADOWS — An intensive search covering several hundred acres in the area of Brush Mountain northwest of Zim's Plunge near New Meadows for the cause of flashing light, barking dogs and strange sounds has been discontinued pending further tangible information, according to Adams County Sheriff Bud Mason.

       The search was brought about by an unusual set of circumstances and at times it was feared a downed aircraft was in the area.     

       Mason reported that around 7:20 p.m. Thursday Jack Goforth, New Meadows, was traveling west on Highway 55 from the Goose Creek Store to Meadows when he saw what was described as a flash of light seeming directly over Zim's Plunge Resort.

       The light was said to last several seconds moving neither right nor left at eye level and changing color from red to orange before becoming engulfed in a cloud of "steam" which apparently extinguished it.

       Goforth reported the experience to Adams County Deputy Sheriff Don Wilson of New Meadows who investigated in the plunge area. Wilson reported later to Sheriff Mason that the owner of Zim's Plunge had heard around 7:20 p.m. what she thought was a plane go over, then a dull thud somewhat like a car door slamming. 

       At this time dogs at the resort began to bark and the owner said she checked the driveway for a car, finding none.

       A second report of a plane allegedly flying so low over his home — going north — that it caused disturbance of dogs in the yard was given by Lawrence Dixon, New Meadows, who placed the time also at a little after 7 p.m. Sheriff Mason checked with the Federal Aviation Administration, Mountain Home Air Force Base, and Chet Moulton, Idaho aeronautics director, and none reported any missing aircraft in the area.

       However, a search was made of the area by members of the New Meadows Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, Payette National Forest personnel, and the Mountain Search and Rescue, McCall unit, using 35 snowmobiles.

       Fearing that perhaps there was a small craft down which had not filed a flight report, the search continued through Thursday night disbanding at 6 a.m. Friday, having found no trace of any craft.

       Friday afternoon, teams of three snow machines again combed the area, returning at 6 p.m. At this time Sheriff Mason discontinued the organized search due to a lack of tangible information and due to snow and lack of visibility.

       "The search was carried out by men familiar with the area who have worked and hunted in it. They were valuable in leading search teams," Mason said Friday night. He also said searchers would be ready to go again if the situation warranted.                                                                 

This reference: News clip from “The Idaho Statesman” Second Section, Boise, Idaho, Saturday, January 23, 1971, p. 13

With Thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/ 

Note: The text that the UFO was “changing color from red to orange before becoming engulfed in a cloud of steam" is interesting in that, the color change could indicate a “power-up” by the craft; this producing more heat that might have caused the melting of snow into steam. That there was snow on the ground was indicated by the use of snowmobiles to perform the original search. Of course this is speculation only.-CF-           

UFOCAT PRN - 92787

UFOCAT URN – NONE    News clip from “The Idaho Statesman” Boise, Idaho, Saturday,

                                        January 23, 1971

UFOCAT URN – 092787 APRO Bulletin, January 1971, p. 7 (News Clip)

UFOCAT URN – 069820 UFO Investigator, Publication of NICAP, April 1971, p. 3

UFOCAT URN – 147873 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0083, © 1980

North America – United States, Idaho, Adams County

New Meadows             Latitude 44-58-16 N, Longitude 116-17-02 W (D-M-S)

Brush Mountain            Latitude 45-07-07 N, Longitude 116-24-27 W

Zim's Plunge                Is probably - Zim's Hot Springs, 2995 Zims Rd., New Meadows, ID 83654

Goose Creek Store      Many listings for Goose Creek (Mainly a stream)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=116:1:8819224456856858733    

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 44.97 N, Longitude 116.27 W (D.%)           


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