May 20, 1967
Location: Falcon Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Michalak of Winnipeg, was prospecting near Falcon Lake,
Manitoba, when he encountered two UFOs, one of which landed
on a large, flat rock about 160 feet away from him. After
having approached the object and looked inside, the object
moved, and something like an exhaust vent was now in front
of him. A blast of hot gas shot from these holes onto
his chest, setting his shirt and undershirt on fire and
causing him severe pain, and leaving burn marks in the
shape of a grid.
Stephen Michalak with grid-like burns caused by the blast
of hot gas from the UFO.
Pictorial depiction of the craft based upon the witness'
rough sketch made at the scene
of the landing.
Investigation team. Stephen Michalak is fourth from the
left. (source: "My Encounter with the
UFO" by Stephen Michalak.)
Photograph showing Michalak's burnt glove, cap and shirt.
(from the cover of his book, "My
Encounter with the UFO.")
Loy Lawhon, About.com
Canadian Close Encounter
Victoria Day week-end, Canadian Stephen Michalak of Winnipeg,
a mechanic by trade, decided to do some prospecting in
the Whiteshell Provincial Park . Michalak was an amateur
geologist and had been prospecting in the area many times.
Others had found several quartz veins near Falcon Lake
that were associated with silver deposits, and Michalak
had himself found a few promising sites. So, on May 19,
1967, he traveled from Winnipeg to Falcon Lake, where
he spent the night in a motel on the Trans-Canada Highway.
left his motel at 5:30 that morning and headed north into
the wilds of the park. At about 9:00 a.m., he found a
quartz vein near a small stream. At 11:00 a.m., he ate
lunch, then continued to examine the quartz formation.
At 12:15 p.m., Michalak's concentration was disturbed
by the cackling of some geese. He looked up and was surprised
to see two red, glowing cigar-shaped objects descending
at a forty-five degree angle. As they came nearer, their
appearance became more oval and then disc-shaped.
he watched, one of the objects stopped and hovered, while
the other one descended and landed on a large, flat rock
about 160 feet away from him. After a few moments, the
object still in the air departed, changing from red to
orange to grey as it flew into the west and disappeared
behind the clouds. The object on the ground also turned
from red to grey and finally to the color of "hot
stainless steel" surrounded by a golden-hued
glow. He had been wearing welding goggles while chipping
at the quartz to protect his eyes from flying rock fragments,
and now they served the additional purpose of protecting
his eyes from a brilliant purple light that was shining
through openings in the object's exterior. The object
was making a hissing sound and a whirring noise, and it
gave off a sulphurous smell.
several minutes, Michalak stayed where he was and sketched
the object. After about half an hour, a door opened in
the side of the object, revealing a lighted interior.
Michalak decided to move closer, and when he was approximately
sixty feet away from the object, he began to hear two
voices over the other sounds coming from the object.
that the object was a secret experimental American craft
of some sort, Michalak called out in English. There was
no response, so he tried Russian, German, Italian, French,
Ukrainian, and then English again. There was still no
his nerve, Michalak approached the open door and stuck
his head inside. There, he saw a maze of lights on what
appeared to be a panel, and beams of light in horizontal
and diagonal patterns. There was also a cluster of lights
flashing in a random sequence "like on a computer."
seeing anyone, he pulled back and waited. Suddenly, three
panels slid together, closing the opening completely.
Michalak then examined the outer surface of the object,
noting that it was like highly polished colored glass
with no breaks or seams in its surface. He touched it,
and it melted his glove.
warning, the object moved, and something like an exhaust
vent was now in front of him. It was about nine inches
high by six inches wide, and contained a uniform pattern
of round holes, each about 1/16 inch in diameter. A blast
of hot gas shot from these holes onto his chest, setting
his shirt and undershirt on fire and causing him severe
pain. He tore off his burning garments and threw them
to the ground. He looked up in time to see the craft depart
like the first, and felt a rush of air as it ascended.
the object was gone, Michalak noticed a strong odor of
burning electrical insulation along with the sulphurous
smell he had noticed earlier. Some moss on the ground
had been set on fire by his burning shirts, and so he
stamped it out.
spot where the object had landed looked as if it had been
swept clean, but piled up in a 15 foot circle was a collection
of pine needles, dirt and leaves. As he looked around,
he developed a severe headache, became nauseous, and broke
out in a cold sweat. His nausea became worse, and he soon
vomited. He decided to head back to the motel, and on
the way back, he had to stop several times because of
after asking for help from a passing RCMP officer and
being refused, he reached the motel. At 4:00 p.m., he
entered the coffee shop and asked where he could find
a doctor. He was told that the nearest doctor was in Kenora,
Ontario, 45 miles east of Falcon Lake. Michalak decided
to return to Winnipeg rather than go into Ontario.
next bus to Winnipeg didn't come through until around
8:45 p.m., so he went to his room and called his wife.
He told her not to worry, but that he had had an accident
and to send their son to meet him at the bus terminal.
He got to Winnipeg at around 10:15 p.m., and his son immediately
took him to the Misericordia Hospital, where his headache
and nausea were treated and the curious burn marks on
his chest in the shape of a grid were noted.