Kecksburg UFO Incident
Something Crashed in the Woods



  Kecksburg UFO Incident
Something Crashed in the Woods


On December 9th, 1965, an object landed near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. It was observed as a fireball in the sky across several U.S. states and Canada. Witnesses provided signed statements and independent, corroborated descriptions of the object and its location. Firefighters, reporters and a radio news director described a military presence at the crash site — and some saw a military truck quickly leaving with a large, tarpaulin-covered object.

At the scene, officials told residents a meteor crashed. But the next day, the U.S. government declared nothing fell ... or was found. What really happened? What is the truth? No matter what fell that night, the public's right to know remains undiminished. Now, with new witness accounts and a breakthrough forensic study done at the site by scientists, we reveal fascinating new scientific evidence in this exclusive Sci Fi Declassified special.

We take viewers to the actual site, and to a town-hall meeting moderated by host Bryant Gumbel. This updated edition of our groundbreaking special The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed is directed by Humanitas Award-winner Melissa Jo Peltier (Scared Silent, The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence) of MPH Entertainment. She also serves as executive producer with MPH partners Jim Milio and Mark Hufnail.



The Kecksburg UFO incident occurred on December 9th, 1965 at Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, USA. A large, brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six U.S. states and Ontario, Canada.

It streaked over the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario area, reportedly dropped hot metal debris over Michigan and northern Ohio, starting some grass fires and caused sonic booms in Western Pennsylvania.


It was generally assumed and reported by the press to be a meteor. However, eyewitnesses in the small village of Kecksburg, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, claimed something crashed in the woods.

A boy said he saw the object land; his mother saw a wisp of blue smoke arising from the woods and alerted authorities.

Others from Kecksburg, including local volunteer fire department members, reported finding an object in the shape of an acorn and about as large as a Volkswagen Beetle.

Writing resembling Egyptian hieroglyphics was also said to be in a band around the base of the object.

Witnesses further reported that intense military presence, most notably the United States Army, secured the area, ordered civilians out, and then removed the object on a flatbed truck.

At the time, however, the military claimed they searched the woods and found "absolutely nothing".

The Tribune-Review from nearby Greensburg had a reporter at the scene; the headline in the newspaper the next day was "Unidentified Flying Object Falls near Kecksburg — Army Ropes off Area". The official explanation of the widely-seen fireball was that it was a mid-sized meteor. 


However speculation as to the identity of the Kecksburg object (if there was one — reports vary) also range from it being an alien craft to debris from Cosmos 96, a Soviet satellite.

Similarities have been drawn between the Kecksburg incident and the Roswell UFO incident, leading to the former being referred to as "Pennsylvania's Roswell."


 

Several articles were written about the fireball in science journals. The February 1966 issue of Sky & Telescope reported that the fireball was seen over the Detroit-Windsor area at about 4:44 p.m. EST. The Federal Aviation Administration had received 23 reports from aircraft pilots, the first starting at 4:44 p.m.

A seismograph 25 miles southwest of Detroit had recorded the shock waves created by the fireball as it passed through the atmosphere. The Sky and Telescope article concluded that the "the path of the fireball extended roughly from northwest to southeast" and ended "in or near the western part of Lake Erie".



 
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A reporter and news director for the local radio station WHJB, John Murphy, arrived on the scene of the event before authorities had arrived, in response to several calls to the station from alarmed citizens. He took several photographs and conducted interviews with witnesses.

His former wife Bonnie Milslagle later reported that all but one roll of the film were confiscated by military personnel. WHJB office manager Mabel Mazza described one of the pictures: "It was very dark and it was with a lot of trees around and everything. And I don't know how far away from the site he was. But I did see a picture of a sort of a cone-like thing. It's the only time I ever saw it."

In the following weeks, Murphy became enveloped with the incident and wrote a radio documentary called Object in the Woods, featuring his experiences and interviews he had conducted that night. Shortly before the documentary would have aired, he received an unexpected visit at the station from two men in black suits identifying themselves as government officials.

They requested to speak with him in a back room behind closed doors. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. A WHJB employee, Linda Foschia, recalled the men confiscated some of Murphy's audio tapes from that night, and that no one knows what happened to the remaining photographs.

A week after the visit, an agitated Murphy aired a censored version of the documentary, which he claimed in its introduction had to be edited due to some interviewees requesting their statements be removed from the broadcast in fear of getting in trouble with the police and Army.

The new version contained nothing revealing, and did not mention an object at all. Mazza, and also Murphy's wife, remember the aired documentary was entirely different from what Murphy had originally written.

After the airing, Murphy became uncharacteristically despondent and completely stopped all investigation on the case and refused to talk to anyone about it again, and never gave clear reasons why. In February 1969, Murphy was struck and killed by an unidentified car in an apparent hit-and-run while crossing a road. The hit-and-run occurred near Ventura, California while Murphy was on vacation.



Kecksburg UFO Incident


"The Kecksburg UFO incident occurred on December 9, 1965 at Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, USA. A large, brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six U.S. states and Ontario, Canada.

It streaked over the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario area, reportedly dropped hot metal debris over Michigan and northern Ohio, starting some grass fires, and caused sonic booms in western Pennsylvania.

It was generally assumed and reported by the press to be a meteor.

However, eyewitnesses in the small village of Kecksburg, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, claimed something crashed in the woods."



On December 9th, 1965, many people reported seeing a brilliant object moving across the sky and fall to the ground in Kecksburg, a small village about 40 miles from Pittsburgh in a rural area of western Pennsylvania.

The official story is that it was just a meteor, but eyewitnesses claim it was far more than that.

Quite a few people tracked the object into the woods and reported seeing an acorn-shaped object embedded in the ground.

The military arrived in short order and cordoned off the area, and supposedly left with the object on the back of a truck.

In the mid-1990s, the television show "Unsolved Mysteries" came to Kecksburg to try to find out what *really* happened in the woods that night.

They built a model of the *meteor* and donated it to the village of Kecksburg when they were done filming.

It is now mounted on a pole behind the fire hall and attracts a fair number of tourists a year.


In 2003, the Sci Fi Channel sponsored a scientific study of the area and related records by the Coalition for Freedom of Information. The most significant finding of the scientific team was a line of damaged trees broken at the top leading to the site where some eyewitnesses said they saw the object embedded in the soil along with associated fresh tree damage.

 
A model of the crashed object, originally created for the show Unsolved Mysteries, and put on display near the Kecksburg fire station. A boy said he saw the object land; his mother saw a wisp of blue smoke arising from the woods and alerted authorities.


Furthermore, tree core samples dated the damage to 1965. This provided physical evidence that something airborne may have come crashing through the trees and landed in the woods there at the time, which would contradict the military's official story of nothing being found. (However, one of the scientists instead suggested ice damage to the trees.)

Minor soil disturbance was also found at the alleged landing site. This might support a controlled soft landing and rule out other proposed crashed objects such as a meteorite  or other large object passively striking the ground, which would have created a large crater and extensive damage.

Many eyewitnesses spoke of an extensive military presence there cordoning off the area and at times threatening them, sometimes at gunpoint. The segment also aired claims of an eyewitness who heard a loud, horrific scream as armed soldiers approached the object. There was also a push for NASA to release pertinent documents on the subject. 



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Some 40 pages of these documents were released on November 1st, 2003, but were unrevealing. However, there are Air Force Project Blue Book documents indicating that a three-man team was sent from an Air Force radar-installation near Pittsburgh to investigate the Kecksburg crash. They reported back to Blue Book that nothing was found.

In December 2005, just before the 40th anniversary of the Kecksburg crash, NASA released a statement to the effect that they had examined metallic fragments from the object and now claimed it was from a re-entering "Russian satellite". The spokesman further claimed that the related records had been misplaced.

According to an Associated Press story: The object appeared to be a Russian satellite that re-entered the atmosphere and broke up. NASA experts studied fragments from the object, but records of what they found were lost in the 1990s.

"As a rule, we don't track UFOs. What we could do, and what we apparently did as experts in spacecraft in the 1960s, was to take a look at whatever it was and give our expert opinion," Steitz said.

"We did that, we boxed (the case) up and that was the end of it. Unfortunately, the documents supporting those findings were misplaced." —Steitz

This new explanation from NASA contradicts the official Air Force explanation in 1965 of the fireball being from a meteor and of nothing being found. Furthermore, the claim contradicts what journalist Leslie Kean was told in 2003 by Nicholas L. Johnson, NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris.

As part of the new Sci Fi investigation, Kean had Johnson recheck orbital paths of all known satellites and other records from the period in 1965. Johnson told Kean that orbital mechanics made it absolutely impossible for any part of the Cosmos 96 Venus probe to have accounted for either the fireball or any object at Kecksburg.

Johnson also stated there were no other known man-made satellites or other objects that re-entered the atmosphere on that day. Thus, this raises the question as to what "Russian satellite" could account for the debris that NASA now admits they examined. Furthermore, Kean and others deem it highly questionable that NASA could actually lose such records.