Incidentul OZN de la Aurora este un incident OZN, care se pare că a avut loc pe 17 aprilie 1897 în Aurora, Texas, un mic orășel situat în colțul din nord-vest al zonei metropolitane Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington. Incidentul (asemănător cu mult mai celebrul incident de la Roswell, incident situat la 50 de ani după acesta) constă într-o presupusă prăbușire a unui OZN. Presupusul corp al unui extraterestru este înmormântat într-un mormânt nemarcat din cimitirul local.
În perioada 1896 – 1897 (aproximativ șase sau șapte ani înainte de primul zbor al fraților Wright), numeroase apariții ale unui obiect zburător în formă de trabuc au fost semnalate în Statele Unite.
Una din aceste observații a fost pe 19 aprilie 1897 în ediția ziarului Dallas Morning News. Articolul, scris de un locuitor din Aurora, S. E. Haydon, despre un presupusul OZN, descrie cum obiectul necunoscut a lovit o moară de vânt de pe proprietatea unui judecător două zile mai devreme, în jurul orei locale 6 dimineața, provocând un accident. Pilotul (care a fost descris ca neaparținând acestei lumi, sau ca marțian, conform unui ofițer al Armatei din apropiere de Fort Worth) nu a supraviețuit accidentului și a fost îngropat creștinește în apropierea Cimitirului din Aurora. (Cimitirul conține o placă care menționează incidentul).
Teoria păcălelii se bazează în principal pe cercetarea istorică efectuată de Barbara Brammer, un fost primar din Aurora. Cercetările sale au arătat că luni de zile înainte de pretinsul accident, Aurora a fost copleșită de o serie de incidente tragice. În primul rând, cultura de bumbac locală (sursa majoră de venituri a orașului) a fost distrusă de o infestare cu coleopterul Anthonomus grandis. În al doilea rând, un foc pe latura de vest a orașului a distrus mai multe clădiri și mai mulți oameni au murit. La scurt timp după incendiu, o epidemie de febră a lovit orașul, instaurându-se carantina. Apoi, o cale ferata de 27 de kilometri până la Aurora, planificată să fie construită, niciodată nu a mai fost realizată. În fine, Aurora (care avea aproape 3.000 de locuitori în acel moment) a fost în pericol de dispariție; cercetările lui Brammer, de asemenea, au arătat că Haydon era cunoscut în oraș ca fiind cel puțin glumeț. Barbara Brammer concluzionează că articolul lui Haydon a fost o ultima încercare de a menține Aurora în viață.
Într-o investigație realizată de MUFON și publicată în 1973, se arată că s-au găsit bucăți ciudate dintr-un aliaj rar în natură (95% aluminiu și 5% fier).
În aceiași anchetă, se spune că cea mai veche parte a cimitirului a avut o piatră funerara dintr-un aliaj identic. Ei au folosit un detector de metale pentru a găsi mormântul. Când cei de la MUFON au cerut permisiunea de a-l dezgropa, au fost refuzați. Câteva zile mai târziu, anchetatorii au revenit dar au constatat că piatra a dispărut. Cu detectorul de metale nu au mai descoperit niciun metal.
În presupusul loc unde s-a prăbușit nava nu mai crește iarba. Terenul a devenit proprietatea unei alte persoane care a început să sufere de artrita foarte severă.
În cadrul anchetei din 1973 s-au găsit trei martori care erau în 1897 în Aurora. Primul a spus că totul a fost o glumă. Dar celelalte două persoane au susținut contrariul: al doilea a fost martorul incidentului, dar a plecat repede pentru că mama sa nu l-a mai lăsat să stea acolo iar al treilea a recunoscut că a văzut OZN-ul prăbușindu-se în timp ce își făcea temele, tatăl său a plecat să vadă ce s-a întâmplat și, în ziua următoare când s-a întors, el i-a povestit tot fiului său.
Descrierea pilotului extraterestru a fost foarte asemănătoare cu alte descrieri.
In 1998, Dallas-based TV station KDFW aired a lengthy report about the Aurora incident. Reporter Richard Ray interviewed former Fort Worth Star Telegram reporter Jim Marrs and other locals, who said something crashed in Aurora. However, Ray’s report was unable to find conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial life or technology. Ray reported that the State of Texas erected a historical plaque in town that outlines the tale and labels it „legend.”
On December 2, 2005, UFO Files first aired an episode related to this incident, titled „Texas’ Roswell”. The episode featured a 1973 investigation led by Bill Case, an aviation writer for the Dallas Times Herald and the Texas state director of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
MUFON uncovered two new eyewitnesses to the crash. Mary Evans, who was 15 at the time, told of how her parents went to the crash site (they forbade her from going) and the discovery of the alien body. Charlie Stephens, who was age 10, told how he saw the airship trailing smoke as it headed north toward Aurora. He wanted to see what happened, but his father made him finish his chores; later, he told how his father went to town the next day and saw wreckage from the crash.
MUFON then investigated the Aurora Cemetery, and uncovered a grave marker that appeared to show a flying saucer of some sort, as well as readings from its metal detector. MUFON asked for permission to exhume the site, but the cemetery association declined permission. After the MUFON investigation, the marker mysteriously disappeared from the cemetery and a three-inch pipe was placed into the ground; MUFON’s metal detector no longer picked up metal readings from the grave, thus it was presumed that the metal was removed from the grave.
MUFON’s report eventually stated that the evidence was inconclusive, but did not rule out the possibility of a hoax. The episode featured an interview with Mayor Brammer who discussed the town’s tragic history.
On November 19, 2008, UFO Hunters first aired another television documentary regarding the Aurora incident, titled „First Contact”.
The documentary featured one notable change from the UFO Files story – Tim Oates, nephew of Brawley Oates and the now-owner of the property with the sealed well where the UFO wreckage was purportedly buried, allowed the investigators to unseal the well, in order to examine it for possible debris. Water was taken from the well which tested normal except for large amounts of aluminum present; the well had no significant contents. It was stated in the episode that any large pieces of metal had been removed from the well by a past owner of the property. Further, the remains of a windmill base were found near the well site, which refuted Ms. Pegues’ statements (from the 1979 Time magazine article) that Judge Proctor never had a windmill on his property.
In addition, the Aurora Cemetery was again examined. Although the cemetery association still did not permit exhumation, using ground-penetrating radar and photos from prior visits, an unmarked grave was found in the area near other 1890s graves. However, the condition of the grave was badly deteriorated, and the radar could not conclusively prove what type of remains existed.
În cultura populară
În 1986 a fost realizat un film bazat pe acest eveniment. Filmul se numește The Aurora Encounter.
The 2011 season premiere of Ancient Aliens titled „Aliens and the Old West” goes over this incident.
Charles Stephenson’s 2013 novel The Face of OO describes how the Aurora crash was the result of an attempted theft of an airship that went awry.
The comedy group The Firesign Theatre makes several references to the Aurora Incident on the 1974 album titled: Everything You Know Is Wrong.
* [ http://www.ufocasebook.com/Aurora.html Aurora Texas UFO Incident – UFO casebook study ]
* [ http://www.ufocasebook.com/haydonarticle.jpg Original newspaper article by S.E. Haydon ]
The Aurora, Texas Crash of 1897
Aurora Crash The state of Texas has always been called the „big state.” This expression applies to many things, but is especially true regarding „tall tales.” I have heard them all of my life, and sometimes it is difficult to separate truth from fiction.
Such is the case with one story that comes from the small town of Aurora.
The town’s history book labels the community as „the town that almost wasn’t,” and that expression is directly related to the legend of a spaceship crashing into a windmill, and the burial of a small alien creature found in the aftermath.
This event has become the most important news story to ever come out of this small Texas city. Aurora was designated a „historical site” by the State of Texas.
The year was 1897, and this was the year of the „great airships” reports in the United States. As the story goes, it was on April 17, 1897, that a slow moving space ship crashed into a windmill, bursting into pieces.
As the debris was searched through, supposedly the body of a small alien was discovered.
Originally the alien pilot was dubbed the „Martian pilot.”
Some of the debris also revealed material sketched with a type of hieroglyphic. The town folk gave the poor little creature a proper burial in the local cemetery.
This incident, whether true or not, has had just enough publicity to stay afloat for over 100 years. It was made into a movie, „The Aurora Encounter” in 1986, starring Jack Elam.
The news of the crash spread quickly, even for that time period.
A newspaper article of the event still exists, written by S. E. Haydon, reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Below is the original article:
Aurora Cemetery „About 6 o’clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country. It was traveling due north and much nearer the earth than before.
„Evidently some of the machinery was out of order, for it was making a speed of only ten or twelve miles an hour, and gradually settling toward the earth. It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor’s windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge’s flower garden.
„The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.”
Aurora Map The story never gained a lot of exposure at the time, but eventually it was commented on by UPI on May 24, 1973:
„Aurora, Tex. – (UPI) – A grave in a small north Texas cemetery contains the body of an 1897 astronaut who was ‘not an inhabitant of this world,’ according to the International UFO Bureau.
The group, which investigates unidentified flying objects, has already initiated legal proceedings to exhume the body and will go to court if necessary to open the grave, director Hayden Hewes said Wednesday.
„After checking the grave with metal detectors and gathering facts for three months, we are certain as we can be at this point [that] he was the pilot of a UFO which reportedly exploded atop a well on Judge J.S. Proctor’s place, April 19, 1897,” Hewes said.” „He was not an inhabitant of this world.”
The legend was back in the news! Only a couple of days later, UPI followed up the first report with another from Aurora. They had located a living witness to the event.
„A ninety-one-year-old who had been a girl of fifteen in Aurora at the time of the reported incident was quoted. „I had all but forgotten the incident until it appeared in the newspapers recently.”
She said her parents had actually been to the crash sight, but had not allowed her to accompany them for fear of what might be in the debris.
„She recalled that the remains of the pilot, ‘a small man,’ had been buried in the Aurora cemetery, validating the other legends.”
The Associated Press now joined the chase for the sensational story. From the city of Denton, Texas came this account: „A North Texas State University professor had found some metal fragments near the Oates gas station (former Proctor farm). One fragment was said to be ‘most intriguing’ because it consisted primarily of iron which did not seem to exhibit magnetic properties.”
The professor also said he was puzzled because the fragment was „shiny and malleable instead of dull and brittle like iron.”
For reasons unknown, the Aurora Cemetery Association fought the attempts to exhume the alleged alien body. They were successful, and the dead alien’s remains stayed a mystery.
The town of Aurora still shows traces of Military intervention today, and the question must be asked, „Why would the U. S. Military be in the town of Aurora?”
Anyone familiar with the Roswell crash of 1947 will remember that debris from Mac Brazel’s field was flown to Ft. Worth, which is only a short hop’s distance from Aurora. Is this why the Military was in Aurora? Could the Government have the alien body?
Today Aurora, like other cities, is modernized, and yet a few hints of the past still remain. Although the headstone of the alien was stolen, there remain pictures of it today. A copy of this photo now adorns the grave site.
There has been, at times, a lobby to exhume the remains of the little pilot and give it a proper burial, with a new headstone. So far, this has not happened. Should the little grave be dug up, or should we just leave it and the legend of the Aurora UFO alone?