posted on May, 23 2008 @ 12:48 PM
Hello from Tampere.
I happen to live very close to the place of the sighting, so I've been reading about this with interest. I just came back from checking out the place
of the sighting for myself (also getting a pizza).
First, the place is very easy to find and there are good landmarks to determine the line of sight. There's a path on the ridge behind the sports
field and it's only slightly below the level where the video was shot. I think we can rule out the explanations about a ferry and the waste water
treatment plant. The water plant is too far to west from the location and even if for some reason the flame would reflect off the lake it propably
wouldn't be bright enough. I also doubt it would have been a boat, because the ridge is high enough to hide most of the lake from the point of view
of the video - not all though, so it's not impossible.
Since the light moves counterclockwise that pretty much rules out stars or planets as the explanation.
So, this leaves us with a light either in Pirkkala behind the lake or above it in the air. There's a very large and very bright sign for Bauhaus on
the other side of the lake. It's supposed to be off during the nights because it bothered the local residents. However, if it for some reason was on
it might be visible trough the trees. However, it obiously wouldn't move around...
So, then we get to the landing lights theory. The airport is there behind the lake and behind the Bauhaus sign, very much on the line of sight. As
mentioned the Ryanair flight from Standsted lands at Pirkkala airport at 22.40, the time of the sighting.
So, I would say the airplane theory is a very plausible one. If the light wasn't from that plane but something more unusual then people in the plane
should have seen it. It was the sunday night so the plane was propably more or less full. So in my experience we should have at least dozens of people
staring out the windows as the plane approaches the field. That being unless the flight was late or early.
I wasn't there of course, so I won't say it was a plane, just that looking at this from the outside it sounds like a valid theory. At least I would
like to hear from Forell why he doesn't think it could have been a plane.
Now there's also one other thing that hasn't been mentioned. On the east side of the lake there is a military depot in Kalkku. On the west side of
the lake there's is the Finnish air force's flight technology center (lentotekniikkakeskus) in Vuores. Both of these are only few kilometers away.
There is also currently a military excersise in the area (though it hadn't started yet on the 12th). So there are also military planes and
helicopters flying in the area.
And about the theories of a deliberate hoax. Even if this turns out to be a plane I would like to believe Forell is genuine with this sighting. I
don'tknow him personally, but we finns generally don't like drawing attention to ourselves. He has been open with this sighting and as far as I know
has talked to ufo researchers in person and on the phone. To take a hoax that far wouldn't be very usual behaviour in this part of the world - or at
least I'd like to think so. It's easy to misidentify lights and when the sighting gets this much attention I can understand if he's hesitant in
admitting that there could be an "easy" explanation.