- On Monday, February 2, 1998, at 10 p.m.,
Susan Landers, 50, her daughter Melissa Edgewick, 27, and son Michael Landers,
20 were at the family farm near Sioux City, Iowa (population 80,505) about
200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Des Moines when Melissa "heard
the sound of jets but did not see them." She "then heard a high-pitched
hum but did not locate the source of the noise."
- "Next a dark-colored helicopter
came over their house at less than 50 feet altitude. No markings were
observed. Very large motor," reported Beverly Trout of Iowa MUFON,
who interviewed the family.
- "About 15 minutes later, the mother
heard the copter and stepped out onto her bedroom's second- floor deck
(balcony). The copter was overhead, and she could see its bottom and could
feel vibration in the house."
- Michael Landers, standing outdoors on
the south side of the house, "could feel the disturbance 'wind' from
the rotors. At first, the copter was right over their house."
- Susan Landers "described two white
lights--one at each end and a red light in the middle. Since she was aware
of the green light requirement on aircraft, she specifically looked for
a green light. There was none on the copter."
- "After the copter left, all three
watched through binoculars a bright orange ball move from the east to the
southwest and then to the northwest of their residence. At one point,
the ball stopped, then moved back to the southwest." A week later,
on Monday, February 9, 1998, at 11:45 a.m., Mrs. Landers and another son,
Todd, 33, were driving to Sioux City when they saw a strange object hovering
about a half-mile away.
- The UFO was "200 feet above a nearby
hill" and "perhaps at 500 feet altitude." Both witnesses
described it as "a rectangular 'refrigerator' shaped object, perhaps
a little smaller than a mid-sized car." At first they thought they
were "looking at the back end of a helicopter, but they saw that it
had no wings. It was moving very fast and was a dull metallic gray in color."
- Todd Landers described the UFO "as
a refrigerator laying horizontal," while his mother described "some
sort of energy bands coming from the top and bottom of the object, each
had extended outward for about one-third the size of the object."
The glow created a shimmering effect, which Todd Landers described as "like
looking through a fire." Five days later, on Saturday, February 14,
1998, Michael Landers and Melissa Edgewick were returning home at 9:30
p.m. when they spied a UFO they described as "a 40-foot triangle"
hovering above the road. The UFO "was at about a one-and-one-half
telephone pole in height" (33 feet or 10 meters--J.T.) above the road
with "three bright white flashing lights at each corner of the triangle
and a red light in the middle. The object moved from the east side of
the road to the west side, and at one point the bright light from the object
reflected on the nearby trees." (Many thanks to Beverly Trout of
Iowa MUFON for these reports.)