Rectangle UFO flies by Seattle’s Space Needle

A Washington witness at Seattle reported watching a square or rectangular-shaped UFO move silently over the Space Needle, according to testimony in Case 75528 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was outside on an eighth-floor terrace of the Hyatt House Downtown Seattle hotel close to the famous Space Needle structure with four friends at 8 p.m. on March 30, 2016, with mostly clear skies with a bluish, and fading to dark sky.

The witness first thought the object was a fast moving jet on March 30, 2016. Pictured: Seattle, WA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“As I looked toward the Space Needle, I saw what first seemed like a fast jet coming from the east, heading due west toward Puget Sound, slightly to the north of us,” the witness stated.“Not a sound throughout sighting.”

The witness described the object.

“Had two white, blinking lights pulsating in unison at approximately 1 Hz, as if each wing, left and right, had a big, white light covering most of the wing surface, but could not discern forward fuselage or tail, hence looked like it was a flying straight wing.”

The object made unusual starts and stops in the sky. Pictured: Seattle, WA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness first thought the object could be an airplane despite the unusual white lights pattern.

“I am familiar with airplanes; am engineer working in aerospace. Could be soundless if it might be much higher than it seemed; for instance, despite white lights flashing, thought they could still be landing lights.”

The witness paid attention to how the object moved.

“The object flew in a straight line while displaying white, pulsating lights, very fast, but at perceived constant linear speed, as it subtended an angle of approximately 45-degrees from my viewpoint and initial spotting. Covered this angle in not more than 10 seconds. Given estimated altitude of twice the height of the Space Needle or more, that would still be very fast for a soundless flight; much too fast for a small drone, or for a helicopter if higher in altitude; yet could not be high enough to be soundless, which would have meant extremely fast.”

The witness had also wondered if the object might be a helicopter.

“Mentioned helicopter because object came to a complete stop in less than one second, almost right after passing the Space Needle which occluded it for 3-4 seconds. Remained stationary for about five seconds, then made in about two seconds a lateral translation equivalent to about 1.5 times angle subtended by top circular portion of Space Needle, at 90 degrees from original flightpath, i.e. toward south; and stopped again.”

The object accelerated and de-accelerated in ways no common aircraft could maneuver. Pictured: The top portion of Seattle’s Space Needle. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness watched as the object both accelerated and de-accelerated very fast.

“Then started displaying characteristic red/green position lights pattern and proceeded east in somewhat arced trajectory until lostfrom sight within 10-15 seconds.”


None of the guests saw the object.

“Happened too fast to get colleagues to also witness sighting. When I brought it to their attention,the colleague nearest to me didn’t succeed in spotting it despite my pointing toward it, as it quickly became difficult evenfor me to track. Complete loss of sight by the time it had covered another approximately 30-degrees in direction of Puget Sound.”

Washington Field Investigator Timothy Ward closed this case as an Unknown. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to

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