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Phoenix Lights: What is the cause of one of the world’s largest UFO sightings?

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It’s been 21 years to the day since a massive UFO sighting occurred Phoenix, Arizona, with the mystery not solved yet.

On March 13, 1997, thousands of people reported a series of bright lights in a triangular formation fly in the sky like a UFO.

Dr. Lynne Kitei witnessed the event and said that she didn’t know what they saw that day.

“It was a mile-wide formation of these bulbs and I pulled them the head to rotate in a V,” she told 12 News.

The US air force identified the lights as flares dropped by an A-10 Warthog aircraft performing training exercises at the Barry Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona.

It is a nice theory, but Dr Kitei feels it is not so sure it’s true.

“How do torches keep a formation, traversing the entire country and beyond hours in a rock-solid V?” she said.

Another person who claims to have seen the lights was Hollywood actor Kurt Russell.

The Escape from LA star said he was traveling in a private plane to Phoenix, when he saw the phenomenon, to quickly report to the control tower at the airport.

 

 

“I am planning to declare it is unknown, it flies and it is six objects,” he said during an appearance on The Show.

In spite of the many witnesses who claim the lights were a UFO, aviation experts say that the flare explanation in the possession of merit.

Former F-16 pilot Ty Groh said fireworks in the sky to behave like hot air balloons and go where the wind takes them, with a strong gust of wind able to move all the torches at the same time a constant distance.

He added that very light objects such as torches, may appear closer than they are in reality at the drop at a distance.

“You’ll look at planes that look like they’re 10 miles (16km) from the hotel, and they are 400 miles (643),” he told 12 News.

Despite the air force’s explanation, the Phoenix Lights are still a mystery.

This story was previously published in the news.com.au.

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