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Sighting Report
Occurred : 5/15/1997 21:00 (Entered as : 05/??/97 2100)
Reported: 6/20/1997 17:30
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Asheville, NC
Shape: Other
Duration:both events 1 minuite
Summary : an object was sited around the asheville area that was travelling westward. it was brilliantly lit and appeared to be moving very fast.

my partner and i were approaching an overlook on the blue ridge parkway just after nightfall, unfortunately, i cannot recall an exact date and time. as we approached the outlook, which was likely at an elevation of over 2000 ft., a solid, dazzling orange light appeared in the sky over the valley and was still for a moment. it then banked down and towards the right, and the brightness of the light dimmed and it moved. it reminded me of fire. we kept going hoping to get a better view. by the time we stopped the car there was no sign of the light. we exited off the parkway and went through all of the validity tests we could think of. no aircraft could manoeuvre with those angles and speeds at what seemed to be a fairly close distance to the mountain. we thought of as many other logical scenarios (hoping to find one) but nothing fit. as we neared the town of weaverville, we saw the same solid orange light move swiftly and low to the ground, but unfortunately our viewing angle wa!s poor and it was out of sight before long.we talked with a friend who lives on a mountain in the same area, who corraborated our story independantly, except he was able to see the complete path the object took for at least seven minutes. he said that hours later a fleet of helicopters passed in formation through the valley with searchlights, though there were no reports of crashed aircraft or any other crime scene that would call for a searchlight. i do have a belief that what we saw was extraordinary, but only after we have applied every rational test we could conceive of.