On Saturday night, March 30, several eyewitnesses reported an explosion in the air and the possible crash of an aircraft in the Hoosier National Forest about 40 miles south of Bloomington, Indiana. Within hours, information was posted to the internet by a local TV reporter, Alan Dhayer of WCTY Channel 16, saying that a search of the area was apparently underway, but that news crews were not allowed to fly over the area. As reported on several local TV stations and in the local press, the search was called off Sunday afternoon with nothing found.
According to the Lafayette [Indiana] Journal and Courier of Monday, April 1:
Indiana State Police Cpl. Rick Wright said a witness, who happened to be a pilot, reported seeing a plane crash around 8:50 p.m. Saturday [March 30]. Two others heard the explosion, police said. But McClain said a thorough search of the wooded, hilly area found nothing. A helicopter with infrared swooped over the area Saturday night, and a plane went over it for four hours on Sunday.
Ground crews included state and county police, DNR officers, the Perry-Clear Creek fire department and U.S. Forestry officers. The search was abandoned about 2 p.m. Sunday, McClain said. "With no outcome to it and nobody being reported as missing... we don't have to much to go for now," he said.
Alan Dhayer isn't satisfied. "Several things are strange about this," he said. "Several people witnessed the flash in the sky, but when we got there, there was no one to be interviewed, except for the Forestry service people. There were unmarked military vehicles there going into the opening of the forest. We didn't think anything about it because we were covering a story about a plane crash.
"The station I work for has the only helicopter in the city as far as news organizations are concerned," Dhayer said. "We could get no clearence for flying over the area. We asked one spokesperson if this could be a UFO and he kind of glazed over and said, 'I hope not.' It was kind of spooky."
"I think there is a cover-up down there," Dhayer said. "I would like to go back, but with all the stories that they were feeding us, there is over 60 square miles of forest to cover... It would take me years."
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