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An Antov An-2P, a small transport plane, left an airfield at or near Sverdlovsk (Russia), bound for Kurgan, with 4 people aboard (Mansell’s report says 7), mail and luggage. After flying about 128-160 kilometres, and after the pilot has communicated with the ground control the plane disappeared from the radar screen. A search was launched with helicopters and troops, and as the pilot had given a position just moments before the plane vanished, it was found after only two days at the area of Tobelak (Siberia). The plane was found in a small clearing in the forest, too small to have landed there, and it was seemed to have been put down from above gently. No passenger and pilot was to be found, or ever since. All mail was intact and the motor had fuel for another 2 hours of flight and ran fine.
Originally posted by JimOberg
Perfect 'fairy tale' UFO story, "long ago and far away", and thus immune to skeptical investigation, hence un-disprovable and inherently
unexplainable, and 'safe' to believe in.
What more could you want for 'UFO evidence'?
According to the UFO-researcher James Oberg, Russians have a taste for making up stories of old war and Space-heroes that can’t confime these storys as they are dead.
Originally posted by TheAssociate
reply to post by Turiddu
reply to post by JimOberg
Does it really make a difference whether it can be proven or debunked? I don't think anyone here is touting the incident as the Holy Grail. It's just an interesting, entertaining story. Lighten up.
Originally posted by Turiddu
reply to post by JimOberg
Taking place in the mysterious atmosphere of the Soviet Union during the Cold War we are left only with rumors and no hope of rational analysis. The popularity of Soviet UFO stories play on these feelings perfectly, as they let imaginative people invent stories with no hope of them being proven or not.
In the Soviet Union, the authorities generally hushed up cases of unexplained disappearance of people. However, in 1991, the KGB declassified some information about an An-2 airplane, which had vanished from the radar screens thirty years earlier near the city of Sverdlovsk with seven people aboard. Soon, a rescue team in the woods found the wrecks of the disintegrated airplane. Not a trace of bodies or a drop of blood inevitably present after similar crashes was found, only a circle of unclear origin 30 meters in diameter was burnt out on the ground not far from the crash site. Later, the rescuers had to sign papers undertaking recognizance not to disclose anything they had seen.