Appearance / Description of Object(s)
Black triangle with a bright white light in the center of the bottom of the craft. There were other lights, I believe one at each corner but I don't recall the color. I do remember they were turning on and off (just the small corner lights not the white light) Not sure about the size but it was probably close to the size of a full size airliner. If the craft was lower than I estimate then it could be a little smaller. It was absolutely silent and very steady in the air.
Description of Area / Surroundings
rural, just north of the Village of Attica, NY next to RT 98. Niagara Falls Air Force Base is about 45 miles from the sighting. The craft was over a wooded area just behind a residence.
Full Description & Details
I am a police officer that retired in 2014 after almost 36 years of service. Most of those years were in criminal investigations but in first three and a half years (1978 -1982) I worked in uniform for a small village police department (Attica, NY). In what I am quite sure was the early Fall of 1980 I was working a midnight shift. It was a very quite night and at about 1:30 AM I was conducting building checks near the intersection of RT 238 and RT 98. As I pulled out from one of the businesses onto RT 98 I began to turn north and at that time I noticed what I thought was an airliner with its landing lights on. I figured it was on approach to Buffalo airport. As I started north the first two things that struck me as strange was: the landing light looked very white/bright. Most lighting at that time was incandescent and had a slightly yellowish hue, secondly the aircraft appeared to be standing still. I attributed this to possibly the plane was heading directly towards my direction and that fact that I was moving. As I got closer the aircraft I noticed smaller colored lights one at each corner of the craft and I donít remember the color or if they were blinking but I remember they didnít look normal and about this time I had about reached the point where the craft was. I was fairly close to it as I was only about 500 ft in the air and only about 70 feet off the highway. At this time as I was passing by I could see a solid black triangle shaped craft. The white light was in the center belly of the craft and it clearly looked to be absolutely stationary. I drove about 100 yards beyond the craft and pulled into a parking lot of a business at Rt 98 and Prospect St at the north edge of the Village and I shut off the patrol car and got out to have a look. It was an extremely quiet night and absolutely no wind. I watched the craft hover absolutely stationary without so much as slightest movement up or down. It was not making any sound. Under these conditions I would have even heard the whirr of a prop even if an electric motor were turning but there was no audible sound what so ever. I watched this craft just stand there motionless and silent for what seemed like a long time but was probably just under a minute. I contemplated shining the car mounted spotlight at it to see if I could see any detail but as I wasnít sure what this thing was I decided not to. All of a sudden the craft moved very slowly sideways and became concealed by trees. I took a different route to get to a high position on Rt 354 to see if I could see this thing again but that was the last I saw of it. Interestingly, towards the end of the shift at about 6 AM I heard a report on WHAM 1180 that there were other reported sightings of this craft north of Attica. One was in Barre Center, NY along RT 98 and then along RT 5 about a mile east of the City of Batavia. Their descriptions were identical to mine. I never said anything about this except to some close family members and in the back of my mind I figured it was some unknown military craft from the Niagara Falls Air Force Base. When I retired from Batavia PD in 2014 a reporter whom I knew well asked me if I had ever seen anything odd while working night shifts. This got me thinking about that night in 1980 and I started reading about similar incidents and it has me curious as to what that was that I saw.
be explained as any conventional man-made or natural
The only other explanation would be some sort of unknown military craft. Possibly some lighter than air craft but I doubt it.
36 year veteran police officer. Most of that time spent in criminal investigations
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
open minded about it. Less skeptical since what I saw.
Reported Sighting? No
Location: Batavia, NY