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Canadian Prime Minister And UFOs?

From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows.nul>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 09:33:46 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 10:56:14 -0500
Subject: Canadian Prime Minister And UFOs?

29 March 2004

News Advisory:

Ufology Research of Manitoba

Prime Minister Of Canada May Have Seen Brilliant Fireball Over Alberta

Prime Minister Of Canada May Have Seen Brilliant Fireball Over

(Winnipeg, MB) A brilliant fireball was seen across western
Canada and east into Ontario on Sunday night, March 21, 2004. It
was seen by witnesses on the ground and in the air, including
observers on the private jet carrying the Right Honourable Paul
Martin, Prime Minister of Canada.

Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM) has confirmed a report
that the pilot of the Prime Minister's aircraft reported an
unidentified bright object to air traffic controllers in
Edmonton while flying near CFB Suffield on Sunday night, March
21 at 7:56 pm local time. It is not known at this time if the
Prime Minister was advised of the incident, or in fact was also
a witness to the event.

The report, made available to UFOROM through Transport Canada,
noted that pilots of three aircraft, including an Air Canada
flight, a Westjet flight and the government jet, all reported
seeing "a very bright light falling from the sky, with smoke
trailing." In addition, pilots of several other aircraft flying
near Westaskiwin, Alberta, also reported seeing the object. One
of these pilots was said to have described it as "the brightest
fireball he'd ever seen."

Astronomers and other researchers are piecing together the
events of last Saturday night and some now believe that at least
two separate fireballs were seen across Canada, and perhaps
more. There had been several earlier UFO reports received by
investigators on Friday, March 19, from locations across Canada
including Summerside, PEI and Victoria, BC. Those reports
involved bright source or flash of light in the sky, moving from
west to east at high speed.

On Saturday, March 21, 2004, around 7:30 pm CST, literally
hundreds of people in Manitoba, including two RCMP officers, saw
a "comet-like," blue-green object with a long tail fragmenting
and flaring as it fell from the northwest to the southeast. One
witness noted: "It was like Armageddon. A round ball of flames
with a long tail headed straight east." It was thought that an
aircraft had crashed, so emergency vehicles tried to respond to
the reports, but to no avail. Across the border into Minnesota,
witnesses near Minneapolis also saw "a blue light hurtling
towards the ground" in the eastern sky around the same time.

Approximately an hour later, at about 9:30 pm EST, a witness in
Quebec reported seeing a fast-moving object "shaped like two
X's'" flying quickly from the west to the east. Around the same
time, a man and his son were in their car near the Ottawa
airport and watched a bright blue-green fireball with a long
tail falling into the southwest.

What seems to have been another cluster of reports occurred in
Alberta about the same time as the Quebec incidents, when
hundreds more people watched a bright, bluish "comet" zip
quickly through the night sky at about 7:30 pm MST, heading from
the northwest to the southeast. Reports came from observers in
Calgary and Edmonton, and other locations along Alberta Route 2.
Some observers in Saskatchewan reported the fireball flew from
the east to the west, allowing meteor experts to pinpoint its
impact site north of Kindersley. At least one all-sky meteor
camera caught the fireball's terminal burst of light low in the
sky northwest of Calgary at 7:33 pm MST. What makes the Alberta
observations particularly significant is the fact that they
included several reports from pilots, including that from the
Prime Minister's own aircraft.

Further complicating the investigations are other reports such
as one from about 2:30 am Sunday morning in northern Alberta of
another bright fireball falling into the east. And most
recently, several reports were received in Manitoba of yet
another fireball or bright meteor seen on Tuesday night, March
23. In almost all cases, the duration of the fireball was
between five and ten seconds, considered quite long for a
meteoric event. Some witnesses had time to call others to turn
around and look at the object progressing through the night sky.

"We're not talking about spaceships or Martians," says Chris
Rutkowski, research coordinator for Ufology Research of
Manitoba, based in Winnipeg. "There's no question that some
objects were witnessed by many observers across Canada on
Saturday night and Sunday morning, but these were spectacular
bolides - chunks of a comet or perhaps a passing asteroid or
other space debris that entered the Earth's atmosphere at high
speed and burned up, fragmenting as they zipped quickly across
the sky."

Rutkowski has been working with astronomers to piece together
the myriad of reports in order to better understand the events
of last Saturday night.

UFOROM publishes an annual report on UFO sightings in Canada,
including many meteors and fireballs. The annual study is
compiled with the participation of investigators, researchers
and journalists across Canada and from files forwarded by
civilian UFO groups and other agencies. Last month, UFOROM
released its 2003 survey, which found that an all-time record
673 reports of unidentified objects were made to various groups
and investigators in Canada. saw an all-time record high number
of sightings reported. Most sightings have explanations such a
the fireballs seen this past week, but the study notes some of
these objects are more difficult to explain.

Rutkowski says that many witnesses are pilots, police and other
individuals with reasonably good observing capabilities and good

He notes: "Popular opinion to the contrary, there is yet to be
any incontrovertible evidence that some UFO cases involve
extraterrestrial contact. However, the continued reporting of
UFOs by the public and the yearly increase in numbers of UFO
reports suggests a need for further examination of the
phenomenon by social, medical and/or physical scientists."

The complete study is available online at:


Ufology Research of Manitoba is an independent, private research
group and is not affiliated with any government agency,
university or business.

For further information, contact:

Ufology Research of Manitoba
e-mail: rutkows.nul

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