December 11, 1996
Location: Yukon Territory, Canada
December 11th, 1996 an incredible "UFO event"
took place in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The giant craft
was believed to be from a half mile to over a mile in
diameter based on triangulation calculations and the testimony
of the witnesses.
graphic of FOX2 and FOX3's encounter with a UFO near Fox
Lake, Yukon. The
graphic is based on an actual site photo of the area (See
below), FOX3's drawing (Figures 4
and 5), and the witnesses' descriptions.
drawing by UFO witness FOX3 depicting the UFO encounter
he and FOX2 had near Fox
drawing by UFO witness FOX2 depicting the UFO encounter
he and FOX3 had near Fox
Lake, Yukon. The drawing depicts a side view of the UFO
when it was still out over the lake.
estimates the angular size of the UFO while on site at
the UFO sighting location. The
geometry between his eyes and the tip of his hands was
measured and used to calculate
the UFO size. His cousin (FOX2) was 570 metres (1870 ft)ahead
of him during the UFO
sighting and was directly underneath the edge of the UFO.
This information was used to
obtain a UFO size of 1.7 km (1.1 miles) in length!
Investigated by Martin Jasek, M.Sc., P. Eng.
to original source]
order to keep witness identities anonymous, "Code
Names" were developed consisting of the following
format. For those witnesses who observed the UFO near
Fox Lake the witness code names given were FOX1, FOX2,
, for those near Carmacks; CRM1, CRM2, CRM3
and for those near Pelly Crossing; PEL1, PEL2, PEL3
following is as brief a summary that could be made from
a complex 22-witness event and still retain a good portion
of the impact and scope of what had occurred. More detailed
descriptions and vivid quotes from the witnesses can be
found in the individual witness testimonies.
FOX2 and FOX3 were driving together from Whitehorse to
Carmacks in two separate vehicles. As they were travelling
northbound on the Klondike Highway adjacent to Fox Lake,
they spotted a huge UFO out over the frozen lake. Fox
Lake is on the west side of the highway. Both of them
slammed on the brakes stopping about 570 metres (1870
ft) apart from each other (refer to map shown in Figure
2). FOX2 got out of his vehicle for a better observation.
The UFO proceeded to slowly drift towards FOX2 and after
a few minutes he found himself almost directly underneath
the object! FOX3 continued to observe his cousin FOX2;
both men were in complete awe! (See drawings by FOX3,
Figures 3 and 4 and simulated graphic Figure 5). The UFO
continued to move slowly across the highway and out over
the hill to the east and eventually disappeared behind
it. Also, see drawings by FOX2 (Figures 6, 7, 8, 9). Immediatly
after the sigthing, FOX3 noted that the time was 8:30
pm. Both FOX2 and FOX3 could discern that the lights were
attached to a smooth and solid object.
the very same time that FOX2 and FOX3 were observing the
UFO move across the lake, FOX4 and FOX5 were approaching
the southern tip of Fox Lake also heading northbound (see
map, Figure 2). What they observed was a huge row, or
rows, of lights slowly moving across the lake. There were
other lights on and around the UFO as well. See drawings
by FOX4 and FOX5 (Figures 10 and 11) and their estimated
size to known landmarks (Figure 12). Their first thought
was that it was a large truck in the distance, but it
couldnt be, it was out over the lake. Their next
thought was that a Boeing 747 was crash landing. But that
couldnt be either, it was moving much too slowly
to be an aircraft. It took them about 2 seconds to process
these thoughts when they realized that it must be a UFO!
They got very concerned. They had a two-year-old son in
the back seat and they were travelling towards this thing!
After some debate they decided to continue their journey.
After all, they could no longer see the UFO as they approached
a hill that obscured their view plus there was some traffic
ahead of them. FOX5 looked at the car clock, it was 8:23
pm. None of the witnesses heard any sound coming from
few minutes later, when FOX4 and FOX5 were passing the
Fox Lake campground, they passed by two vehicles that
were pulled over with two men outside looking up at the
sky. They turned around and pulled over to talk to them.
It was FOX2 and FOX3 carrying on a lively discussion,
"What the heck was that?" After
a few minutes FOX4 and FOX5 left and eventually stopped
at Braeburn Lodge about 34 km (21 miles) further up the
highway. FOX4 walked into the lodge and said to Steve
Watson, the lodge owner "Steve, I really need a coffee!"
Steve replied "Oh, you must have seen what FOX1 saw?"
In fact FOX4 recalled seeing FOX1 leaving Braeburn Lodge
just as they got there.
half an hour before the sighting described above (about
8:00 pm) FOX1 was driving along Fox Lake and had noticed
a light in the distance which should not have been there.
He did not think too much of it but as he got closer to
the light, he could tell that it was illuminating a long
smooth curved surface. He then passed some traffic and
after his eyes readjusted to the darkness, the curved
surface and the light were gone. However, his eye caught
a group of rectangular lights moving over and behind a
hill to the east. At this point he got an "exhilarating
feeling" and sped up in order to reach a less obscured
location in the valley so that he would have a chance
to see the UFO again. He pulled over and got out of his
vehicle but didnt see anything more unusual. He
continued his journey and pulled into Braeburn Lodge where
he gave Steve a description of what he saw and also made
drawings for him. See map, drawings and graphics (Figures
13, 14, 15, 16, 17).
and FOX3 eventually pulled into Braeburn Lodge and gave
their description to Steve as well.
was also a 6th witness to the Fox Lake sighting but it
is unclear what time she had driven through the area.
FOX6 was driving in the vicinity of Fox Lake when she
noticed a glow on her dashboard that could not be accounted
for by the interior illumination of her vehicle. She leaned
forward to look up through her windshield and observed
a large arrangement of multi colored lights. The interior
lights in her car started to go dim and the music from
her tape deck slowed down.
around the same time, between 8:30 and 9:00 pm, the Village
of Pelly Crossing (about a 2 hours drive to the north
of Fox Lake) was experiencing its own truly incredible
UFO sighting. PEL1 was tending his trapline northeast
of Pelly when he observed in the distance to the southwest
a long row of lights slowly moving over the hills. At
first he thought it was a large aircraft coming down.
But it was moving much too slowly. "Its a UFO!"
As he was walking his flashlight happened to point in
the direction of the UFO. As if reacting to his flashlight,
the UFO started speeding rapidly toward him. He instinctively
cupped the end of his flashlight. As soon as he completed
this gesture, the UFO stopped in its track. In a matter
of less than a second, it was hovering an estimated 300
yards (275 metres) in front of him! PEL1 had to turn his
head from one side to the other to take it all in. (See
graphic Figure 18, based on witness drawings and
the investigators interpretation Figures 19, 20, 21).
Again there was no sound at all coming from the object.
A beam of light emanating from the bottom of the UFO swooped
the ground once directly underneath the object. Was it
a search beam? Looking for him? The UFO then drifted slowly
to the right. There were other beams emanating from the
craft as well; a greenish phosphorescent color beam shone
horizontally out the front (right); two beams at the back
(left) rotated slowly to a horizontal position. All the
beams could be seen clearly as there were ice crystals
in the air. PEL1 turned away from the UFO momentarily
and ran across a small clearing. When he turned back to
look at it, it was gone. Figure 22 shows a map of the
location of the witness and his estimated trajectory of
about the same time, PEL2 and PEL3 were travelling northbound
just south of Pelly Crossing. To the north they spotted
a huge row of lights slowly moving from left to right.
They pulled over at a gravel pit just south of the Village
to get a better look and got out of their vehicle. PEL2
noticed that the Big Dipper was just above the row of
lights and compared the length of the lights to the width
of the Big Dipper. They were about the same length! This
observation was very important since it established a
well-referenced angular size of the UFO from PEL2 and
PEL3s perspective, important for a more accurate
triangulation and calculation of UFO size. See drawings
by PEL2 and PEL3 (Figures 23 and 24). The map shown in
Figure 22 shows the location of witnesses PEL2 and PEL3
and their estimate of the UFO trajectory.
accounts of witnesses PEL1 through 3 were enough to complete
a calculation of UFO size. The observations of witnesses
PEL4, 5, 6 and 7 about the same time provided a second
triangulation. Their location is also indicated on the
map in Figure 22. The four women were taking an evening
course at a small community college in Pelly Crossing
(a satellite school of Yukon College). They were out on
a break on the front deck of the one story building looking
towards the west when they too observed the row of lights.
The row of lights was travelling slowly almost towards
them and slightly towards the north. They recall the object
being huge as well; there was no sound at all. It moved
slowly over the hill to the north and disappeared behind
it. See drawings by PEL6 and PEL7 (Figures 25 and 26).
there was the UFO sighting near the Village of Carmacks
seen by 9 witnesses. The UFO was observed by two groups
of people. CRM1, 2, 3 and 4 were on the highway northbound
in a pick-up truck just south of Carmacks; CRM5, 6, 7,
8 and 9 consisted of a husband, wife and their 3 children.
They were watching television when they spotted the row
of lights out of their window. The locations of the witnesses
and estimated UFO trajectories are shown in Figure 27.
four men travelling together pulled over near the landfill
at the southern edge of the Village to get a better look
at the UFO. They watched the noiseless object move slowly
to the northeast, curve around them to the south and head
up a valley adjacent to the microwave tower south of the
village where it just vanished. At one point the UFO was
partially obscured behind a nearby hill and one witness
recalls the UFO slowly reappearing on the other side of
it. He remembers waiting a long time for the last light
to reappear from behind the hill; thats how slow
and large the object was! The object took up about a 60
to 90 degree horizontal chunk of the sky. See drawings
by CRM1 and CRM2 (Figures 28 and 29). CRM1 recalls hearing
about the Fox Lake UFO sighting on the radio the next
day and surmised that they saw the UFO about an hour and
a half earlier, about 7:00 pm.
family is not exactly sure what time it was when they
saw the UFO, just that it was in the evening. They observed
the row of lights just to the northwest of them moving
slowly to the northeast. The lights were just over the
treeline and there was no noise at all. See drawings Figure
30 (by the mother, CRM6) and Figure 31 (by the eldest
son, CRM7, six years old at the time of the sighting).
The lights continued to move until they disappeared one
by one behind what appeared to be an invisible wall. There
was no mountain in that direction that could account for
this. With the UFO sighting occurring just two weeks prior
to Christmas, the three children thought that it was Santa
Claus and his reindeer in the sky.
estimate of the UFO size by triangulation was not possible
for the Carmacks UFO sighting, as the geometry of the
witness locations in relation to the UFO was less than
ideal (see "Estimate of UFO Size"). Furthermore,
it was unclear whether both the family and the group of
four men in the truck observed the UFO at the same time.
Perhaps the UFO made more than one pass by the Village
is also some evidence to suggest that this "sighting
event" encompassed an even larger area as UFO reports
were heard on CBC North radio the very next day mentioning
sightings in the communities of Dawson, Mayo and Watson
Lake. No witnesses from these additional communities have
thus far come forward or been identified.