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Close Encounter On Highway 7

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 06:43:20 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 06:43:20 -0500
Subject: Close Encounter On Highway 7

Source: The Winnipeg Sun


Wed, February 11, 2004

Close Encounter On Highway 7
Family Of 3 Witnesses UFO

Kevin Engstrom
Staff Reporter

John Stewart doesn't believe in aliens but he would like an
explanation for the saucer-like object he saw in the sky last
summer. The Stony Mountain resident, along with his wife and 11-
year-old son, reported seeing the unidentified flying object on
Aug. 23 while driving into Winnipeg.

"It was the freakiest thing I've ever seen in my life," said
Stewart, who works for a local recording company. "It was
absolutely amazing to see and the more I think about it, the
more I wish I could see it again."

Stewart's sighting was one of 25 reported in the province last
year, according to the 2003 Canadian UFO Survey. The survey was
released yesterday by an independent research group led by
Winnipegger Chris Rutkowski.

Stewart said the saucer caught his eye while driving past a
farmer's field on Highway 7 about 6:45 p.m. that day. He
initially assumed it was a small airplane or helicopter,
hovering 30 to 40 metres above the ground, but he realized it
was much more than that after the object flew over the highway
median and turned sideways as it passed cars at speeds of up to
140 km/h.

"Me and my wife looked at each other and said 'What the hell is
that?' " Stewart recalled yesterday. "It wasn't aerodynamic at
all, so it shouldn't have been able to have been flying, let
alone flying while going that fast."

The object was pewter in colour and had a diameter of about
three metres, he said, with black and symmetrical, ball-like
windows along the side. After it flew over Stewart's truck, the
family lost sight of the UFO only 90 seconds after first
spotting it.

"I have no idea what it was," he said. "If I believed in aliens
I'd have thought it was a probe of some sort but I don't know
about that."


At Rutkowski's urging, all three family members drew a picture
of what they saw. All three drawings were strikingly similar,
said Stewart.

He said he wouldn't have come forward if he had spotted the
object while alone, saying there is a stigma attached to people
who report such sightings. Even his friends were skeptical when
he told them about it.

"Nobody believed me until my wife said she saw it, too," he
said. "So they now believe we saw something."

Stewart's sighting was one of 115 in Canada last year that have
no apparent explanation, said Rutkowski.

There were 673 sightings reported across the country last year,
an increase of 39% from 2002.

Most UFO sightings can be attributed to natural phenomena or
human activity.



Findings of 2003 Canadian UFO survey:

- Sightings up 39% from 2002 to 673

- There were 25 sightings in Manitoba last year, down from 36 in 2002

- Thirteen of those sightings were in Winnipeg

- About 17% of all sightings were unexplained

- Typical sighting lasted 10 minutes

- Most sightings have two witnesses

-- Ufology Research of Manitoba

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