After the Congressional Hearing, UFOs (now called UAP) are a hot topic again, so it’s easy to remember one of the most interesting cases in US history: Roswell. But, did you know that in Texas there have been cases of UFOs crashes 50 years before the Roswell incident?
There have been really impressive cases of UFOs contact in the Lone Star State, so here are the top 3 most shocking UFOs encounters in Texas.
The Levelland UFO Case
In November 1957 in Levelland, Texas, various drivers reported glowing objects in the sky, most of them shaped like eggs or cigars. The drivers made the reports to police officers and said that, as the drivers approached the objects, headlights went out and that motors stopped. At first, police officers believed this to be a joke, but after various reports they began an investigation.
Sheriff Weir Clem and Levelland’s Fire Chief Ray Jones also saw brilliant objects and the engine of Jones’ vehicle sputtered. On the nights of November 2-3 the Levelland police department received a total of 15 UFO reports.
The Air Force investigations concluded that the incidents were caused by ball lightning or St. Elmo’s fire.
The Cash-Landrum incident
On the night of December 29, 1980, Betty Cash, Vicki Landrum and her 7-year-old grandson, Colby were driving home to Dayton, Texas, when they spotted a large diamond-shaped glowing object hovering above the roadway. They got out of the car to see the object and when Cash tried to enter the vehicle again, she claimed that the door was so hot she had to use her coat to protect her hand from the heat, and that the heat had softened the vinyl from the dashboard, making it malleable. She left an imprint when her hand pressed it.
They saw the UFO ascending when military helicopters joined it in formation and flew away.
After the incident, all three passengers manifested similar symptoms, such as burns, nausea and hair loss. Cash claimed that doctors treated her for radiation sickness. She was later diagnosed with breast cancer.
Cash and Landrum hired a lawyer who filed a suit against the government for $20 million in damages. Officials from NASA, the Air Force and Navy gave testimony on the case, but after no evidence was found that the U.S. possessed an UFO, the case was dismissed.
The Aurora, Texas, UFO incident
This is one of the first UFO crashing reports in the U.S. Six years before the first plane was even flown by the Wright brothers and 50 years before the Roswell incident, a UFO crashed on a farm near Aurora, Texas on April 17, 1897.
According to a report published by The Dallas Morning News in April 19, 1897, the “airship” sailed in the sky and hit a windmill, causing the airship to explode. It was reported that the pilot didn’t survive and that the body was “not of this world.”
The pilot was buried near the Aurora cemetery. According to a local legend, the grave was marked by a headstone bearing hieroglyphics, but the stone disappeared. The district blocked any efforts to exhume a grave that some believed held the pilot’s body.