December 9, 1965
Location: Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, United States
object landed in the tiny town of Kecksburg, PA on December
9, 1965. It was observed as a fireball in the sky across
several U.S. states and Canada. Four witnesses have provided
independent, corroborated descriptions of the object and
its location in the Kecksburg woods. Dozens of others
describe the military presence at the crash site, the
cordoning off of the area, and the retrieval of an object
transported by an army truck.
Artwork by Charles Hanna (Stan Gordon Productions).
Kecksburg, PA UFO Crash Incident"
was December 9, 1965, that an event occurred about 40
miles from Pittsburgh in a rural area of western Pennsylvania,
that even now remains controversial for some, and mysterious
to others. At the time, many people saw a brilliant object
moving across the sky. The news media focused on a young
boy, who while playing outside, said he saw an object
fall from the sky into some nearby woods. The media pursued
his story since there were numerous accounts from others,
that an aerial object was seen over a large area, including
many reports from the greater Pittsburgh area. Besides
the police authorities, various newspapers, and radio
and tv stations around Pittsburgh had their phone lines
jammed with calls about the object in the sky. Coincidentally,
author Frank Edwards, who had written some popular books
on UFO's, was a guest on a KDKA radio talk show in Pittsburgh
that evening, hosted by the late Mike Levine.
my years of investigation into the matter, other witnesses
who saw the object go down into the woods that day, have
been located. It has been stated that moments after the
object fell, blue smoke rose up among the trees, but dissipated
quickly. Many people say that the military, including
members of the Army and Air Force, began to arrive in
the area around the village of Keeksburg within a few
hours after the reported landing. During the evening,
reporters from numerous media sources went to Kecksburg
to investigate the event. The area around the alleged
impact site was cordoned off, and a search for the object
was conducted in the woods. Neither civilians nor reporters
were able to get near the spot where the object had reportedly
fallen. Hundreds of spectators looked on from a narrow
country road which circled around the area, unaware that
the object appears to have fallen on the opposite side
of the woods.
time passed that evening, many people left disappointed
that they couldn't see the object. A few curious folks
tried to sneak down into the woods, and later told me
that they were tuned back by the military. Late that night,
others say they observed a military flatbed tractor-trailer
truck, carrying a large tarpaulin- covered object, leaving
the area at a high rate of speed. Reporters are among
the many witnesses who verify that they saw military personnel
in the Kecksburg area, that night. The front page of the
Greensburg, PA Tribune-Review county edition dated December
10, 1965, ran the headlines "Unidentified Flying
Object Falls Near Kecksburg" and "Army Ropes
Off Area." The city edition of the same paper however,
on the same day ran the headline "Searchers Fail
To Find Object." Officially, no object was found
in the woods by searchers. It was suggested that the most
likely explanation was that the brilliant object in the
sky was a meteor. But word that something was removed
from the site by the military that night, quickly circulated
around the county. The Kecksburg incident remained a topic
for area radio talk shows for years as it does today.
As the years passed, I would receive various accounts
from sources who claimed knowledge of the event. Many
of those involved with the incident even today, wish to
remain anonymous. Others have gone public and stand by
their accounts. Some have faced personal attacks and ridicule.
Many important witnesses have passed away.
we now know is that there are individuals who say that
they went down into the woods that December day in 1965,
before the military arrived, and came across upon a large
metallic acorn-shaped object partially buried in the ground.
The device was large enough for a man to stand inside
of it. The object was a bronze-gold color, and appeared
to be one solid piece of metal, displaying no rivets or
seams. At the back of the acorn shape was what witness
Jim Romansky calls the bumper area.
this area were unusual markings that Romansky says looked
similar to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Romansky who
has been a machinist for many years, says the object itself,
looked as though it had been made from liquid metal and
poured into a big mold. Since the object was impacted
in the ground, the bottom portion was not visible, but
what could be seen appeared well intact. The late John
Murphy, was the new director of WHJB radio in Greensburg
at the time, and is believed to have been the first reporter
on the scene. His former wife says that she was in radio
contact with him from the site that day, and that he told
her that he went down into the woods and saw the object.
Various informants have approached me with information.
Some of these were people who had military or government
affiliation and wish not to be identified at this time.
Some information is expected to be revealed in the future,
when these sources feel that they are safe to disclose
what they know.
have also received anonymous tips that pointed me in the
right direction which helped to uncover other details.
Before Unsolved Mysteries broadcast their story about
Kecksburg in 1990, I was contacted by a former Air Force
security policeman who told me that he was among the unit
that guarded the object from PA, when it arrived in the
early morning hours of December 10, 1965 at Lockbourne
Air Force near Columbus, Ohio. He remembers extreme security
measures at the time, and says that the object was only
a the base for a short time, and then continued on to
Wright-Patterson Air Force base near Dayton, Ohio.
later learned that the object was allegedly sealed up
inside a building at that base. After years of searching
for government documents relating to this event, the only
official record located was in the Air Force Project Blue
Book files. Included in the report it was stated "A
further call was made to the Oakdale Radar site in Pennsylvania.
A three man team has been dispatched to Acme [Some residents
not far from the site have an Acme mailing address] to
investigate and pick up an object that started a fire."
While the report shows a lot of interest from various
agencies concerning the aerial object, the report also
indicates that the search found nothing. I have learned
a lot about the Kecksburg case over the years, yet there
remain many unanswered questions. I surely don't have
all of the answers.
on the accounts of multitudes of eyewitnesses which I
have interviewed, I am convinced that an object did fall
from the sky and apparently was removed by the military.
Other witnesses say they saw NASA personnel at the scene
that night also involved in the search. Many have asked
me what I believe that the object was, and my reply still
is "I don't know." As I have stated in the past,
the two most likely possibilities are (1) a highly advanced
man-made space probe with some reentry control capability
(2) an extraterrestrial spacecraft. It has been confirmed
that a faulty Soviet Venus probe identified as Kosmos
96, reentered in Canada on the same date, but at about
3:18 A.M. The sightings around Kecksburg occurred at about
4:47 P.M. many hours later. The Russian's have told me
that Kosmos 96 was not the source of what fell, that day.
researchers have provided me with interesting but unverifiable
information, that they have talked with former NASA sources
who claimed to have examined the object which fell in
PA, and determined it to be Soviet in origin. I have also
talked with two former military men who are unknown to
each other, that told me that during different years,
and at different installations, they saw the recovery
report on the Kecksburg object, and both said the report
indicated that the object was extraterrestrial. From what
the observers tell us, the object whatever it was, appeared
to be slowing down a few miles before it impacted. During
its flight, it appears to have made some turns, and those
who saw the object drop from the sky, say it was moving
quite slowly as it moved towards the woods. This might
account for the good condition of the object itself, and
the little damage at the impact site, except for trees
which were reportedly knocked down. One question we must
ask is what was it that fell which was so important that
it caused the military to act the way they did at the
scene? Various witnesses have now gone public confirming
that armed solders were around the village, and were preventing
anyone from trespassing near the crash site. Jerry Betters,
a popular jazz musician from Pittsburgh, has gone public
and told his story that soldiers aimed rifles at him and
his friends, ordering them from a back road, as an Army
flat bed tractor-trailer with an acorn-shaped object on
board, was making its way up from a field. More recently,
a prominent businessman contacted me and told me how he
and his friends, then teenagers in 1965, tried to get
near the site and were stopped my military personnel.
He was frightened at the time of the experience, he thought
the soldier was going to shoot him. Would armed soldiers
respond to the scene of a meteorite crash? Who issued
the orders for such an operation to take place?
of you are aware that earlier this year, I released a
92-minute video documentary on the incident called "Kecksburg
The Untold Story" which I produced at my own expense.
Many key witnesses are getting up in years, and some are
not in good health. This was an opportunity for those
involved to tell their own experiences about what occurred.
For the first time, some new and startling information
is revealed about what allegedly occurred. Some of these
people reveal details which strongly suggests a coverup.
Also included in the video, are audio excerpts from the
original 1965 WHJB radio broadcast "Object In The
Woods." One man details his claim of seeing a partially
covered body inside a building at Wright-Patterson, at
the same time the Kecksburg object was being examined.
case is much to involved to cover here in detail. One
good source of information on the case can be found in
Kevin Randle's book "A History of UFO Crashes."
The Kecksburg mystery remains. Was the object a man-made
space device or did we receive a visitor from outside
of our world? Recently while visiting an area business,
a worker recognized me and asked about the Kecksburg case.
He told me that he has had an interest in the incident
for years since he had a relative who worked at the pentagon
at the time, and this relative had made a special trip
to this area to investigate that matter. When this person
asked his relative about what had happened, he refused
to give any details, but his words were remembered "There
was more to it then you'll ever know." I have no
doubt that there are other individuals who have important
information on this case. It's time that the truth is
revealed, regardless of what the source of the object
was. It's been 33 years, it's time to break the silence."