But could the documents be real? Or are they more likely an elaborate hoax? Koch and Kyborg were so concerned about the hoax possibility that they remained silent for several months while making initial inquiries. But now they believe it is time to speak. As Koch writes:
"At the beginning we kept completely quiet. We looked around [to see] if there would be any news about a UFO crash in South Africa but found nothing. No reports in the media, no new mails, nothing in the Internet, no articles in the UFO magazines.
"After some weeks of waiting we became bolder and started asking if anyone had heard about rumors of a UFO crash in South Africa. We phoned the UFO-KURIER [German magazine] and learned that Mr. Jochen Kopp, Mr. Andreas von Retyi and a Mr. Stein were already deeply involved in the research of the documents."
Koch says he was told that some alleged witnesses to the affair might already have met with foul play, and therefore the UFO-KURIER researchers were proceeding with great caution. However, on December 23, Andreas von Retyi released a 28 page "Exclusive Report -- UFO Crash in Lesotho" [in UFO-KURIER No 27, January 1997; German speakers can read the whole text on the web at www.ufos.de]; and now Koch wants the material widely distributed.
What follows are translated excerpts from von Retyi's report, provided by Koch. These excerpts are direct quotes from documents allegedly received from a South African Intelligence source, describing how the incident began and the initial phases of official response. Other documents distributed by Koch -- if authentic -- provide additional insights into the extent of the South African response and will be discussed in a future edition of CNI News as the investigation develops. CNI News thanks Joachim Koch for this information.
UFO CRASH IN LESOTHO 1995
by Andreas von Retyi
There are two sets of documents, the first one with 20 pages, the second one with 22 pages.
The first one contains a police report and a military report of what happened in the mountains of Lesotho on Sept. 15 and 16 of 1995. All documents are written in capital letters in the original. [Note: Lesotho is a small independent nation entirely surrounded by nation of South Africa.]
Here is a transcript of pages 3 to 6 of 20.
SECRET / GEHEIM
PRIORITY INTERNAL REPORT
On 15 September 95 at 22 h 20 local time, a black farmer Mr. Peter Lachasa notified Sgt. Thobo of the Leribe Police Department that he found a very strange looking craft on his farm which lay 12 km west of the Madibamatso River in Lesotho.
According to Mr. Lachasa, at 21 h 15 local time he heard a strange sound in the sky near his farm which frightened his cattle and livestock.
Approximately 2 minutes later a dull explosion was heard. The complainant then went outside his house to investigate the cause.
Friends of Mr. Lachasa who also live in the boundaries of his farm informed him that they had been watching a bright light in the sky that was slowly descending to the ground, heading on a course towards the Lesotho foothills. According to the witnesses the object exploded on impact with the ground, giving off a series of blinding flashes.
The complainant, who from now on will be referred to as the primary witness, then accompanied his friends to the site where the object had impacted.
According to the primary witness an electronic humming sound emanated from the craft after which the light around it diminished and the object became dull grey in color. An intense heat field surrounded the craft which made close up inspection by the primary witness impossible. Dry grass in the area was set alight by the intense heat field surrounding the craft.
Fearing that the craft might have injured occupants, the primary witness decided to inform the local police department at Leribe of the incident.
LERIBE POLICE DEPARTMENT
SECRET / GEHEIM
PRIORITY INTERNAL REPORT
On 15 September 95 at 22 h 20 local time Mr. Peter Lachasa arrived at Leribe Police Department and informed Sgt. Thobo who was duty officer that night, that he had found a strange aircraft on his farm which he requested the police to remove from his property as this was frightening his cattle.
The primary witness went on to explain how he and other witnesses on his farm saw the object crash near the foothills on his farm.
At 22 h 34 local time Sgt. Thobo and Constable Nandi escorted the witnesses to the site to investigate the complaint. On arrival the police officers made the following entry into their incident report.
1) A large round disk shaped object lay within the boundaries of Mr. Lachasa's farm.
2) The object measured approx. 18 meters in length and 3 meters in height.
3) The object was dull grey in color.
4) No windows / portholes or any form of entry / exit could be seen on the craft.
5) The craft did not appear to have any external damage or breakage even though the terrain surrounding the craft was severely disturbed.
Sgt. Thobo radioed his observations to Leribe Police Department whilst on the site and was instructed to return to the department and make an official report.
At 00 h 15 local time, a Lesotho Government official was contacted and a report consisting of two pages was faxed to South African Military Command 1 SAI Intelligence Unit in Bloemfontein on authorization of the Lesotho Government.
SECRET / GEHEIM
PRIORITY INTERNAL REPORT
MILITARY COMMAND / 1 SAI. INTELLIGENCE UNIT
The Intelligence Unit at 1 SAI. received a fax from the Lesotho Ministry of Defence in Maseru at 00 h 17 local time regarding a crash of an alleged inidentified / unconventional flying object /aircraft that impacted on the farm of Mr. Peter Lachasa, a black cattle and livestock farmer who is located 12 km west of the Madibamatso River near Leribe.
Due to the nature of the incident it was decided to request information and possible confirmation from military air traffic control in Bloemfontein on any military / civilian aircraft in the sector at the time of the incident. It was noted that there were no aircraft in the area other than a routine Air Force Puma helicopter which patrolled South African / Lesotho border approx 30 minutes before the alleged incident took place.
Commander George Human from the Airborne Division at 1 SAI. / 1 PARA Battalion instructed an aerial assessment of the area in question.
Two Alouette rescue helicopters were sent to the area. At 01 h 17 local time rescue team leader Captain Manie Louw reported that he was at the designated area and that a fierce veld fire had engulfed the area. He went on to report his observations of the area as follows:
1) An area of approx. 400 square meters engulfed in fire.
2) A disc shaped metallic looking object of about 20 meters in length that seemed to be intact.
3) The terrain around the object was torn up and severely disturbed by the impact.
4) Due to the fact that it was night and smoke from the fire obscured vision, clear observations could not be made at the time.
Captain Manie Louw was instructed to patrol / secure the area until
further instructions were given.
To more than one of the officers at 1 SAI Intelligence Unit, this incident had the same markings of a similar event which took place in the Kalahari desert / Botswana in May 1989 and [they] decided on the same course of action as was done then.
Military Intelligence in Pretoria was informed and instructed 1 SAI Intel. to maintain a sterile area of 150 meters around the craft, after which they will take complete control over the situation.
3 battalion from 1 SAI Intelligence Unit was flown to the area to guard / secure the object until Foreign Technology Recovery Division from Valhalla Air Force Base arrived at the site.
At 03 h 47 local time the area and object was secured and operation ROLD TSR came into effect.
Due to the fact that this was a military intelligence operation dealing with an unidentifiable foreign technology, all members of 3 batallion were issued with orders to arrest / eliminate any intruders who strayed into the secured area.
The area remained sterile until Foreign Technology Recovery Unit arrived at 05 h 55 local time.
We at 1 SAI. Intel Unit / Bloemfontain hope that this report you requested will suffice.
Please inform us if you require any further assistance.
General Patric Dwight
1 SAI. INTEL
[Andreas von Retyi's commentary continues as follows.]
The explosive nature of this incident -- if it happened this way -- is enlarged by information from other documents that three occupants of the craft were rescued -- of extraterrestrial origin and alive.
From a "Preliminary Medical Report" we know that the beings were brought into a research unit of the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria for a close examination. The beings were anesthetized and then brought to a "Delta -Level" of the underground building where another team of specialised physicians did further tests.
In the "Preliminary Medical Report" it is said that the tests did show that the beings are humanoids with some reptilian aspects and have an apparently underdeveloped skeleton construction.
[Andreas von Retyi notes that some alleged witnesses, including the examining physician, have had "great difficulties with official authorities" in the aftermath of this incident. In addition, other documents suggest that the South African government took pains to keep the British and U.S. governments away from the case, as if fearing the possible loss of valuable recovered technology. Other documents also allude to a super-secret organization within the South African power structure, code-named "Illuminated Nine," which seems analogous to "Majestic Twelve." Further details of this case will be reported in the next edition of CNI News.]
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