Footage allegedly taken through the window of an airplane, apparently showing a diamond-shaped UFO flying at an altitude of 43,000 feet over Texas, has gone viral online, causing a stir among UFO enthusiast who have compared the sighting to the famous and mysterious 1980 Cash-Landrum UFO sighting that remains unresolved.
The footage, titled, “Stunning UFO following jet linked to notorious 1980 incident,” was uploaded online on May 5, 2016, by YouTube UFO hunter Secureteam10.
According to Secureteam10, the footage was sent by a witness, identified as Steve, who reportedly works as a maintenance officer with an American corporate jet fleet.
Steve captured the video through a plane window while flying in an aircraft over east Texas at an altitude of 43,000 feet and shared the footage with the Secureteam10 analyst.
Although the video was uploaded online on June 5, 2016, the date of the sighting is uncertain. But Secureteam10 reports the witness said his plane was flying west from Florida when the sighting occurred at about 5:54 p.m.
The UFO appeared a mile to the right and north of the witness’s aircraft as a bright, diamond-shaped UFO.
The witness began filming the UFO, flying level with his aircraft, at about 5:54 p.m. It disappeared eventually at about 6:08 p.m., nearly 15 minutes after it appeared.
As the witness filmed the UFO, it crossed an aircraft contrail and its flight path brought it closer to the witness’s aircraft, allowing him to capture close-up images that revealed the structure of the object in greater detail.
The object appeared to be diamond-shaped, consisting of two cone-shaped structures: one pointing up and the other pointing down.
Secureteam10 admitted editing the footage only to highlight the shape of the alleged UFO.
“It was unbeknown to anybody at the time,” Secureteam10’s Tyler Glockner commented, “but afterwards it was realized that this odd-diamond shaped UFO looks eerily similar to the UFO seen in one of the top ten most notorious and well researched UFO sightings known in the entire world.”
Glockner was referring to the famous Cash-Landrum Incident that happened in December 1980 and resulted in civil court proceedings after the witnesses alleged that the encounter caused damage to their health.
“What started with solid evidence for a notoriously elusive phenomenon petered out in a maze of dead ends, denials, and perhaps even official deviousness.”
Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, and Colby Landrum, Vickie’s grandson, were traveling at about 9 a.m. on Texas state highway FM 1485/2100 when a bright light appeared above the trees.
They paid no attention to the light at first, but as Cash drove along the winding two-lane road, the light came closer and shone brighter, and it soon became clear that it was coming from a glowing, diamond-shaped object hovering over trees on the side of the road.
The object had flames issuing from its base.
Cash pulled over because they could feel the heat from the flaming exhaust of the UFO. They feared it would burn them if they moved closer.
The women were scared but got out of the car. Vickie returned to the car when her grandson began crying in fear. Cash remained standing outside the car but did not dare to move closer.
The witnesses described the UFO as a diamond-shaped object with a metallic silver body. It spouted very hot flames from the lower end. When the flames flared, the object rose slightly higher in the sky. It lost altitude slightly when the flames ebbed.
The object began rising in the air over the trees as a group of about 23 helicopters approached. The helicopters surrounded the UFO and escorted it away.
Based on the witnesses’ description, investigators have identified the helicopters as CH-47 Chinooks.
The witnesses, deeply shaken, resumed their journey after the object had flown away. They estimated that the encounter lasted about 20 minutes.
UFO enthusiasts often cite the case as one of several that prove conspiracy theories alleging that the U.S. government is involved in the cover-up of UFO evidence.
Circumstantial evidence that the U.S. authorities were hiding UFO evidence in the case allegedly came from the testimony of other witnesses. Although U.S. military officials denied that military helicopters were in the area at the time of the sighting, a Dayton police officer, Lamar Walker, and his wife said they saw at least 12 Chinook-style military helicopters in the area at about the time of the sighting.
A CH-47 pilot also inadvertently admitted to Vickie Landrum that he had flown to the area to check out a UFO report. But when Vickie revealed to him that she was the one who reported the UFO sighting, the pilot clammed up immediately and refused to talk further.
The witnesses suffered severe symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, burning sensations in the skin and eyes, and general malaise that lasted for weeks after the sighting.
Cash’s symptoms were the most severe. Some experts thought the symptoms were due to ionizing radiation, but others contested the claim, suggesting the symptoms could have been caused by chemical contamination.
The victims sued for damages, but the lawsuit was dismissed eventually by a U.S. District Court in August 1986 because the plaintiffs were unable to prove that the military was involved in the incident.
Several UFO skeptics have described the incident as one of the most baffling UFO sighting cases.
“To UFOlogists, the case is perhaps the most baffling and frustrating of modern times,” said skeptical UFO researcher Peter Brookesmith. “What started with solid evidence for a notoriously elusive phenomenon petered out in a maze of dead ends, denials, and perhaps even official deviousness.”
Glockner concluded that the UFO in the new footage appears identical to the mysterious hovering object described by the witnesses in the Cash-Landrum Incident.
However, critics of Secureteam10, who have often accused the YouTube channel of palming off CGI hoaxes as authentic UFO sighting footage, claim that the channel was merely trying to exploit the Cash-Landrum case to “sell” its “fake” UFO sighting footage.
“Tyler does not say when this video was taken,” a critic commented, “and the UFO from the Cash-Landrum Incident was pretty clunky, and Mr. Glockner is trying to sell this as a typical UFO video.”
But other viewers appeared to find the evidence of the footage convincing.
“This is the most convincing video I’ve seen on this channel. Great job!” one viewer said.
“Finally, one we can actually take seriously. Kudos! Great find,” another enthusiast commented.
A third enthusiast lamented the “lack of media attention for these sorts of things” and suggested that the media were ignoring them because they were “trying to avoid trouble from the ‘authorities.'”
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