Alleged UFO Crashes
April 17, 1897 – Aurora, Texas
A mysterious airship is said to have crashed in this town, exploding into many small
fragments. Reportedly, the occupant was child-sized and greenish, and the craft
contained papers covered with hieroglyphics. The pilot's body is supposed to be buried
in the local cemetery. Although the case was widely regarded as a hoax, new
investigations brought to light a peculiar alloy that was eventually analyzed by the
McDonnell Aircraft company.
December 22, 1909 – Chicago, Illinois
Six years after Kitty Hawk, newspapers from New York to Chicago were astounded by
national reports of a huge airship flying across the nation and seen by thousands. It
crashed west of Chicago, but was never found. The story was front-page news in the
nation's major newspapers.
1933 or 1934 – Ubatuba, Brazil
Witnesses on a beach are said to have seen a disk dive and explode, showering the area
with silvery fragments of highly pure magnesium.
May 1947 – Spitzbergen, Norway
A report by journalist Dorothy Kilgallen stated that British scientists and airmen were
excavating the wreckage of a mysterious flying ship. The Swedish military
acknowledged its extraterrestrial origin and reported 17 bodies were found. The story
appeared as a tiny blip for only one day in the U.S. news media before it was silenced by
July 2, 1947 – Roswell, New Mexico
The most famous and thoroughly investigated by journalists, this is the crash that
launched Majestic-12. It was the first and only time the U.S. government publicly
admitted it had recovered a crashed flying saucer. Within hours, the craft was whisked
off to Wright-Patterson AFB and a new cover story emerged, claiming it had only been a
weather balloon. In recent years, the officer responsible for that cover story has recanted.
Three or four humanoid bodies were recovered; one was alive for a short time.
February 13, 1948 – Aztec, New Mexico
Three radar units tracked a falling UFO. Secretary of State George C. Marshall requested