Occurred: 1998-02-03 02:45:00 Local
Location: Apache Junction (southeast of), AZ, USA
Shape: Other
Duration: < 2min.
No of observers: 1
Reported: 2000-02-12 00:00:00 Pacific
Posted: 2000-02-16 00:00:00
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

Fuzzy black object, followed by a helicopter

On the 3rd of Feb. 1998 . I was camped out about 12 miles south east of Apache Junction , up in the foot hills . It was a heavy over cast night with occasional heavy rain , I camped on the top of a ridge so as to not get caught in a flash flood . At 2:45 AM I was awoke by the thud, thud, thud of a choppers rotor . I sat up and out of the NNE direction ,about 1/4 mi. I could see a chopper with a rotating red light , coming straight at me . because I was on a ridge, I was at the same level as it was comming down the vally next to the ridge. The shocker was that it was following a black object that was smaller then the chopper and they were about 40 ft off the ground . The black object made no noise and I could not determine the shape , it was like looking at a blacker then black moving hole . When they went by at about 25 yards from me I noticed that the following chopper was a CIVILIAN not military chopper . The chopper had a two tone paint job, white on light gray or blue with a red rotating light on the under side. The chopper was about 50 yards behind the object and I watched as they flew by me and across Hwy. 60 , at about 35-40 MPH, heading SSW .

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