Beginning as early as 1897, during the "Great Airship" sightings, UFOs have often been reported to make landings on planet Earth. Many of these early reports, unfortunately, lacked detail and corroboration.
Often reported by a single person to a local newspaper or radio station, the accounts of UFO sightings and landings were reported only locally, or regionally, and many never reported at all.
A number of other UFO landings would gain some press in the 1950s, but again, a lot of these lacked credible evidence. A good estimate of UFO landings reported between the 1950s and the present time would be about 50.
However, only a small number of these can documented. In this article, I would like to present the very best of these accounts of UFOs landing on our planet.
Italy - 1950
UFO Italy reported the April, 1950 case of 42-year-old factory worker Bruno Facchini, who had walked outside after a violent thunderstorm to check the circuit breakers. He thought at first that he saw a blown transformer near the factory's back doors.
He was mistaken, however, as he realized he was looking at a circular object, which had a ladder descending to the ground. A greenish light at the top of the object slightly obscured a light-skinned being, who appeared to be making a welding repair on the ship.
Facchini ran from the frightening sighting before him, and was knocked down by a beam of some sort. He did manage to see other beings entering the ship, and the UFO flying away. He reported the incident, and an investigation the next day produced evidence of a welding waste material on the ground, along with indentation marks from a heavy object. No satisfactory explanation has ever been offered to solve this strange case.
South America - 1950
Another landing would be reported by Dr. Enrique Caretenuto Botta, who related his story to a friend, who presented it at a 1955 UFO conference in Caracas. His account would later be presented in Leon Stringfield's book, "Situation Red."
Dr. Botta was 40 years old at the time of his encounter. A well respected ex-war pilot, and aeronautical engineer, he was working as an architectural engineer in Argentina in 1950.
His duties had him traveling down the highway near an isolated town of Bahia Blanca, when he saw a metallic, disc-shaped object sitting on the ground just off of the road. He stopped and watched the UFO for a few minutes.
He saw nothing happen, and decided to walk to the craft and enter it though an open doorway. Inside, he could see control panels, lights, knobs, meters, and more. He was shocked to see three alien beings, all sitting dead on a curved seat.
He ran from the craft, jumped in his car, and sped away in fright. Arriving at his hotel, he immediately related what he had seen to two of his co-workers. They quickly armed themselves for a trip to the site, but because it was almost dark, decided to postpone their trip until daybreak.
The next morning, the three arrived at the spot. The UFO was gone, but in its place was a pile of ashes. One of the three scooped up some of the ashes. Immediately his hand turned purple. This condition persisted for three days.
The three men began to search around the area in an attempt to find some more evidence of the landing. They soon saw three UFOs in the air - one a cigar-shaped object, and two smaller, disc-shaped objects. Amazingly, the three became one, turned blood red, and zoomed away.
Dr. Botta's Encounter, though a single-witness report, is given high credibility because of his character, education, profession, and reputation.
France - 1954
A very unique case of a UFO landing, an alien sighting, and other-worldly powers occurred in Nouatre, Indre-et-Loire, France, in 1954. On September 30, at about 4:30 PM, strange events began to unfold at a construction site. George Gatay was crew chief of 8 workers. He was a well respected man, who during the Germany occupation in World War II, had fought for the French Resistance, and was wounded at Luxembourg.
While working, Gatay began to feel drowsy, and compelled to leave the job site. A short distance from the site, he was shocked to see a being standing on a hill, about 30 feet away. The being had a semi-transparent helmet, with a large visor. He was dressed in gray coveralls, and short boots.
The being held something in his hand, which Gatay thought might be a weapon. He also had what appeared to be an electronic display on the chest of his uniform. Behind the being sat a dome-shaped object. Gatay was frozen where he stood.
Gatay stated: "Suddenly, the strange man vanished, and I couldn't explain how he did it, since he did not disappear from my field of vision by walking away, but vanished like an image one erases."
"Then I heard a strong whistling sound which drowned out the noise of our excavators. Soon the object rose by successive jerks, in a vertical direction, and then it too was erased in a sort of blue haze, as if by a miracle."
Several of the crew members came forth with corroborating statements, confirming seeing the alien creature, and watching the disappearance of the UFO. Gatay suffered some physical ailments after the encounter. These lasted for a week, and included insomnia, bad headaches, and loss of appetite.
His co-workers, all non-believers before the incident, also felt dazed during the encounter. Gatay, who was much closer to the UFO, was even paralyzed briefly. There has never been a satisfactory, earthly explanation for what Gatay and his crewmen saw.