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The family noticed that the light continually grew brighter the closer they got. They later described the object simply as a blinding light.
At one point, Sean decided to speed up in an effort to see what it was. To their surprise, when they got closer, they discovered the light was egg-shaped. Some reports state the family described the object as resembling an egg resting in an egg cup with a yellow center.
As Sean continued to drive toward the UFO, it suddenly emitted an angular white light about three feet wide. When the beam moved about the road just in front of the car, the family panicked and Sean swerved to avoid the light. Their car was now traveling in the opposite lane and directly in the path of an oncoming station wagon.
According to the Knowles, the driver of the station wagon swerved to miss them and Sean managed to steer the car back into his lane. As though having lost interest in the Knowles, the UFO gave chase to the station wagon.
The Knowles family were horrified when they heard a heavy clunking noise, as if something had landed on the roof of the car. The terrified family were later very confused as to the exact sequence of events, from the time they believed the craft landed on their roof. Mrs Knowles wound down her window and placed her hand on the roof of the car. She touched something warm, rubbery and spongy, and immediately retracted her hand, which felt hot and was covered in black dust. A grey-black mist invaded the car through the open window. The mist had a foul stench, which reminded them of dead bodies. They then heard a peculiar, high-pitched sound which made the dogs very agitated. The whole family suffered complete disorientation and claimed that their voices lowered in pitch and their speech slowed down.
At this point, they descended into total hysteria, believing they were about to die. They were also convinced that the object lifted the car into the air and carried it for a short time. As this happened, Patrick stated he felt as if his ‘brain was being sucked out’. Mrs Knowles said it was like something ‘going into our heads’. Shortly afterwards, the car was apparently hurled down onto the road. The rear right tyre exploded on impact. Sean braked hard and briefly blacked out. When he recovered, they baled out of the car, sped into some nearby bushes and hid.
The object hovered around their car for a short while, before departing. They hid for around 15 minutes or so, before changing the tyre in record time, and speeding off to a hotel in the nearby town of Mundrabilla.
At least seven witnesses stated they had seen an anomalous object of some kind. The occupants of the car towing the caravan must have seen it, too.
"We were a little bit skeptical at first, but after investigating we are treating the reports very seriously," said police sergeant Jim Furnell, of Ceduna, South Australia. He described the Knowles family as very distraught, stating “they were physically upset as if someone close had died. They were convinced it was a UFO.” Apparently, Faye Knowles made no mention of placing her hand outside the car, or of touching anything.
Aware of the experience of the tuna fishermen, Sgt. Furnell stressed that there was no way for the fishermen to know about the Knowles family's encounter, half an hour earlier, and some fifty miles away. The Royal Australian Air Force at Edinburgh, South Australia, was adamant that it had no aircraft in the region at the time, to account for the sightings.
Unfortunately for the Knowles', the whole affair quickly became a media circus. They were intercepted by a television crew from Channel 7, who demanded exclusive access to their story, in return for a fee. The television crew made it very difficult for researchers in the field of ufology, to get close to the Knowles'. Initially eager to co-operate and tell their story, the family quickly became disillusioned and distraught by the media attention, called an end to all interviews, and sought refuge with friends or family in the Melbourne area.
Colin Norris of the Australian International Information Centre for UFOs was convinced the Knowles had had an encounter with a research vehicle from an extra-terrestrial mother ship. “They were probably doing scientific tests. I believe their experience is very authentic.”
The obvious first reaction was that the Knowles had seen the sun rising in the east, and through some sort of optical illusion (or simple misunderstanding) thought it was something else. Alternatively, St Elmo’s Fire and temperature inversions were suggested as the source of the light.
Other more exotic theories were put forward. Glen Moore, lecturer in physics at the University of Wollongong, suggested a carbonaceous meteorite landing in the vicinity, accounting tor the glow and the smell (although that can more simply be accounted for by the burning tyre and brakes) and would be surprising enough to cause great trauma in the family. Prof Peter Schwerdttergger, head of meteorology at Flinders University, suggested a dry thunderstorm in which charged dust particles create a pall of lightning. The tine ash covering the car could be a product of the lightning (again, this explanation is no longer necessary) and the violent shaking of the vehicle the result ot the storm. “No doubt it you are in the middle of a fairly intense electric field, you’re going to feel very strange,” he said.
Other suggestions included willy-willies lifting the car off the road and undulations on the Eyre Highway which can cause a car to ‘take-off’ at high speed.
All of the rest is the unsubstantiated claims of the Knowles’ conjecture and misunderstanding ( in some cases, fabrication). That this constitutes one of the most important encounters with a UFO, as claimed by some UFO researchers, says more about the proponents of UFOs than of the possible existence of such phenomena.
Nothing has been said in this report about the possibility of a hoax. Most of those concerned, both proUFO and sceptical, have felt that the Knowles are not faking their claim, and that something did happen to them, although not necessarily an encounter with a UFO. However, with such little independent factual support for their claim, a hoax cannot be ruled out, however unlikely it may seem.
originally posted by: KellyPrettyBear
a reply to: Charizard
This is off-topic. But I personally can't think of a single "close encounter type UFO case" where it is reasonable to think that there are aliens in nuts and bolts craft involved.