December 12, 2001
Location: Mary Lake Subdivision, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory,
man came home from work to find that his daughter was
very excited to tell him about a strange sight that she
and others had seen, early that morning. The daughter
saw a massive, wing-like thing, slowly flying over, southeast.
"All I know is that it was not a plane !" she
added as an ending note.
Drawing by daughter showing the layout of the scene as
well as the wing-like UFO
observed. The figure at the bottom represents herself
walking eastbound on Buttercup
Place towards the school bus stop at the intersection
with Fireweed Drive. The object flew
slowly left to right. The other figures depict her schoolmates
waiting at (or walking towards)
the bus stop. Her sister, who also saw the UFO, was running
to catch the bus about 100
meters behind her. Although the outline or shape of the
object was not visible the drawing
above illustrates what she deduced the shape to be based
upon the arrangement of lights.
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the late afternoon of December 12, 2001, a man came home
from work to find that his daughter was very excited to
tell him about a strange sight that she and others had
seen, early that morning. The event occurred while several
youngsters were walking to catch their school bus in this
an interest in the UFO subject as well as a career in
the aviation industry, he asked his daughter to write
down as well as draw a description of the event. His daughter's
drawings at right and below and her description in point
I heard a "high flyer" jet sound
- looked up out of curiosity
- saw the blinking lights out of the corner of my eye
- saw a massive, wing-like thing, slowly flying over,
- thought it was a commercial plane because of wings
- then realized the level of its flight was completely
abnormal to a normal plane of its size; "just above
the trees" !
- the lights had no pattern (referring to the blinking),
the ones along the wings just twinkled back and forth.
- cluster of lights on the bottom didnt know exact
structure, very dark !
- saw it for about 12 seconds ?!
I know is that it was not a plane!" she added
as an ending note.
mother, who also worked in the aviation industry, was
equally perplexed at her daughter's sighting, especially
after seeing the drawings. The lighting configuration
looked like that of no known aircraft, to either parent.
They believed their daughter who said "it was
not a plane." Furthermore, their children have
grown up around airports and know what conventional aircraft
look like. A call to the Whitehorse Airport Control Tower
was in order. The answer that they received was that no
aircraft were inbound or outbound at the Whitehorse Airport
until 8:30 a.m. that day, about an hour later.
March 11, 2002, I had the pleasure of interviewing the
main witness at the location of the sighting. She had
her facts straight and was sincere when recounting what
occurred approximately 3 months before. Other details
of the event came out. For instance, she remarked that
she ran the remainder of the way to the bus stop and that
the bus immediately pulled up as she reached the intersection.
The bus was facing the same direction as the UFO was flying
and she was still observing the lights flying slowly away
as she was boarding the bus. Inside the bus, her view
was obscured and she no longer could see the lights. This
begs the question; did the bus driver see anything?
the time when I was standing with her where she first
spotted the UFO, Air North's Hawker-Siddeley (A 44-passenger
twin engine aircraft) flew overhead at about 1,000 ft
. She remarked "it was quieter than that,"
comparing it to the sound of the UFO that appeared to
have been just above the tree tops. I asked her to show
me with her hand the size of the UFO above the trees;
this turned out to be between 15 to 20 cm at an estimated
60 cm arms length distance. A 20.4 metre long Hawker-Siddeley
at arms length at 1,000 ft would only appear to be 4 cm
long. What ever she saw took up a significant portion
of sky, the way only a low flying aircraft would, yet
it was much quieter. In other words, the volume of the
sound it made was inconsistent with its angular size in
the sky; she remarked "it sounded like it was
far off" yet she states "it was just
above the trees!"
young woman's sister was further back behind and just
around a slight bend in the road and doesn't recall much
detail other than some lights over the trees. An attempt
was made to interview the other witnesses but they were
not interested in speaking about the incident. However,
one of them confirmed that they did see something.