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UFO Sighting

Sighting Basics

Case Number 58628
Log Number CH-08042014-0006
Date Submitted 08/04/2014 04:10 UTC
Date of the Event 08/16/1997 08:00 UTC
Source MUFON
Disposition Unresolved
Summary 15 to 20 lights hovering in the night sky over Lausanne, startling enough that people left their meals mid-way in the restaurants to come and see this
Tags hovering lights ufo

Sighting Location

City Lausanne
Region Vaud
Country Switzerland

Sighting Specifics

Viewing Distance Over One Mile
Sighting Duration 00:10:00
Object Features None
Object Flight Path Stationary
Object Shape Disc
Weather Factors Unknown

Sighting Details

Hi, I (together with 50-100 people) had witnessed a major UFO sighting in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1997, and it still mystifies me to this date. What is most surprising is that I am unable to find any reference to it on the internet and so am writing to you in the hope that you would be able to investigate. The year was 1997 and I was doing my post-graduate studies in an internationally acclaimed institution in Lausanne that year. I am from Asia ans have since gone back to live in Asia, it was only that year that I was spending in Lausanne. It was in the later half of the year probably in Aug or Sep. It was a Saturday night, and had gone out in one part of Lausanne with some friends. I then left that part of Lausanne and was walking to another part of Lausanne where I was meeting some other friends. Suddenly, I saw hundreds of people who had stepped out of their restaurants and looking in the sky. This was near the Lake Geneva shore and the area was an upmarket one with classy restaurants. The people witnessing this were all urban, well educated and well-off people. I looked up in the sky and saw somewhere between 15 - 20 lights hovering in the sky. They were fairly low in the sky and hence could be seen clearly, ie no room for doubt on maybe eyes playing game on us etc. The closest one could think of the lights was a formation of military aircrafts, but they couldn't be aircrafts because they were just stationary and making no sound. As I mentioned, it was so unique that people eating in many restaurants there had all come out of their restaurants half way through their meal to witness this. After a few mins, the lights moved up into the sky very quickly and disappeared in the same formation, perfectly synchronised. I myself am a well educated person in senior management, and not one prone to believing in unexplained phenomena. This was a very clear incident of unidentified flying object with no room for doubt. Unfortunately, none of my friends were there. I expected this to be reported in the newspapers next day. But the newspapers were all in French and I don't know French at all. I asked some of my friends who knew French whether anything was mentioned in the newspapers, and they said no. Those days of course, the internet was just in its infancy. For years now, every now and then, I search the internet to see if this has been highlghted anywhere, especially in specialist ufo sites like yours, but surprise not to find anything. I am hoping you have associates in Lausanne, Switzerland who are able to talk to the locals there and find out. This took place in an area called Ouchy, that is just by the lakeside. There are a clutch of restaurants on Avenue Willaim Fraise very close to the Movenpick Hotel. Thanks

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