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Schenectady witness says oval UFO moved low and slow over neighborhood

The witness is certain the oval-shaped object that moved low over the neighborhood on February 26, 2014, was not a helicopter or airplane.
The witness is certain the oval-shaped object that moved low over the neighborhood on February 26, 2014, was not a helicopter or airplane.
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A Schenectady, NY, witness reported watching and following a silent, oval-shaped object that hovered and moved slowly over the neighborhood about 8:10 p.m. on February 26, 2014, according to testimony in Case 54329 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was driving home from work and first noticed the object "about a couple hundred feet down the road."

"It just didn't look normal so I watched it and eventually stopped to look at it. First I thought it was a plane, but it didn't act like one. It wasn't very high, and was going slowly and then suddenly seemed to stop, drop down a bit (a number of feet maybe) and then go in another direction."

The witness described the object.

"It had blinking red and white lights on it, and other lights down the side that I think were white, that made it look like it was the shape of a plane."

But the witness noticed that the speed of the object was so slow that it could not be an airplane.

"It was going quite slowly and I realized then it could not be a plane and was much closer than I initially thought it was. It made no sound and after it hovered, dropped and turned, it headed slowly away from me. It almost seemed to be floating, then at the end of the block it turned and headed toward the nearby Forever Wild Area (a nature preserve)."

The witness also ruled out helicopters.

"I saw nothing to indicate it was a helicopter, nothing that looked like blades turning, and heard no noise whatsoever. I couldn't see the body. It just looked like a black, non reflective color."

Then the witness noticed the craft's most distinctive part.

"What really struck me about it was it had large windows in the front, two of them, that were very brightly lit, glowing yellow-orange, that almost looked like when you looked into them, you were looking into a furnace. The lights in the windows are what have struck me the most and stayed with me."

The witness again ruled out conventional aircraft.

"This craft is not something I could recognize. It didn't look like a helicopter, couldn't have been a plane, and it moved in weird directions, hovering, and floating."

The witness attempted to follow the object.

"I tried to follow it but it headed into the Forever Wild area and it was gone."

The witness went online and discovered another nearby witness who described something very similar on November 3, 2013.

"Afterwards I did search online and found someone else who had seen this UFO on November 3 in Niskayuna, a few miles from here. He was able to describe the body of the craft, which I couldn't see, but he also described the red and white blinking lights which were exactly what I saw, the feeling of a strange kind of light coming from it, which I noticed from the windows. The way he said it moved was exactly as I had seen, the height seemed very similar, and the fact that his UFO went into a Nature Preserve area like mine did make me almost certain it was the same UFO I saw."

Schenectady is a city in Schenectady County, NY, population 66,135. Indiana has a UFO Alert Rating of 4 with a higher than average number of recent reports nationally. New York had 24 reports in January 2014 and was the 7th highest reporting state - while California had 102 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.

You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page.

The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or man-made. If New York MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to

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