Sunday, March 18, 2007

Phoenix Lights Witness Says He Wishes Sighting Clips Were Never Seen

Phoenix Flares
By Scott Davis

     Mike Fortson (C) You may have seen the home videos from The Phoenix Lights, but why are some witnesses wishing the clips had never been seen?

"It was just dumb luck," said Mike Fortsen. "I was in the right place at the right time."

Fortsen doesn't consider himself special. But he and his wife were among the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people to see the Phoenix Lights in 1997.

"I had ringside seats," he said. "We were in the perfect angle. I saw three bright-white lights in triangle formation angled down. At that point in time I thought I was gonna see a plane crash."

The Fortsens say the lights they saw were not on an airplane. He's ex-military and knows what aircraft looks like and sound like at night.

"We got to see it for about two minutes," he said. "It was very low to the ground. Planes that were coming into Sky Harbor were going above it."

A computer graphics whiz came up with an animation that Fortsen says is almost exactly right.

"This black object which was little more than a black line coming across through the grey background stuck out like a sore thumb was coming right at us," Fortsen said while observing the animation.

"Boomerang shaped," he said. "I would say like a boomerang and it was coming right at us. We stood there paralyzed watching this."

A big black craft flying over Phoenix, he says, at 8:30 p.m.

All the home video we've seen from March 1997 was taken an hour and a half later. Most people accept that the military was releasing flares that night.

Fortsen and others are convinced that's all the videos show and they'd like to see them erased.

"What happened in the 8 o’clock hour is what people really need to understand," he said.

The Fortsens lived in Chandler back then.

Now, 10 years later, Fortsen still scans the skies from his new home in Prescott Valley, hoping to see it again.

"We're in awe," Fortsen said. "You're not supposed to see this. I mean this is not real. We've been told all of our lives this does not exist. This thing is this big coming right at you. You're sitting there, you're frozen."

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