Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Date: October 8, 1981
Around eleven in the morning, Hannah McRoberts is with her husband and daughter in the area near Kelsey Bay, east coast of Vancouver Island. During a pause, they notice a cloud over the mountain that creates a scene that looks like a volcano eruption with a huge vapor cloud. Several days later, when the photographs were developed, they realize that in one of the photos there is a discoidal object in the sky. It is a big surprise, since they didn’t notice anything at the sky at the moment.
Comment: This photograph remains one of a UFO, an unidentied flying object. The image, including its original negative, was analyzed by several people, among them Richard Haines, former NASA scientist and current member of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP).
The fact the witnesses didn’t notice the object suggest it could have been a problem with the negative, but the analysis on it failed to show that. Additionally, the illumination of the object is apparently coherent with the scence, so we may have a real UFO here.
Haines analyzed the possibility that it was just a small frisbee near the camera, and argued that a frisbee wouldn’t fly well if it had a dome over its top — as the Vancouver object apparently has — nor would it show up so sharp in the image due to its quick movement.
“In summary, this investigation has shown that a mature adult with high credibility and little or no interest in UFO phenomena obtained a single, colored, sharp imaged photograph of an unidentified aerial disc-like object. Her subsequent reactions to seeing the disc’s image on her photograph produced surprise and dismay as well as the normal array of “answer-seeking” behavior. She has not capitalized on having such a photo7 and still acts somewhat embarrassed at having taken it without seeing the disc. The disc’s identity has not been identified to date.” — Haines concluded.
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