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Originally posted by William One Sac
Many ufologists and researchers consider Captain Mantell to be the first fatality attributed to a UFO.
Actually, most serious UFO researchers believe that Mantel died chasing a skyhook ballon which was launched from Minnesota a few days earlier. It is one of the few UFO cases where the ufologists and the Air Force concur. Mantell blacked out when he hit an altitude too high for normal oxygen breathing. The weird manuevers of the object Mantell was describing could be attributed to hallucinations from lack of oxygen.