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I’ve been at O’Hare International Airport, once, it’s located in Chicago, Illinois and I fortunately got my flight in and out without incident. For the passengers and crew of American Airline Flight 191 it was another story entirely. The tragedy occurred 25th May, 1979 and was recorded on film and photography at the time.

Just as the aircraft reached its take-off speed engine no.1 and the pylon assembly were separated from the left wing. It flipped over the top of the wing and then landed on the runway. The aircraft was continuing on the normal climb up but everyone thought the pilot would be turning to come back around to land.

It is unknown what was said in the cockpit because the cockpit voice recorder lost power with the loss of the engine. The last recorded words were from the first officer “Damn!” and it was known after the engine was not the only failure in the plane. Hydraulic systems one and three were damaged and the airplane was in he air for 50 seconds before it crashed into the ground.

What the passengers saw is debatable, but the cockpit had been equipped with CCTV positioned above the captains shoulder and connected to view screens in the passenger cabin, it is possible they could see their efforts unfolding as well. The plane crashed into a field around 4,600 feet from the end of the runway, aircraft debris was then thrown into an adjacent trailer park. The DC-10 aircraft also crashed into an old aircraft hanger that was part of the old Ravenswood Airport, being used for storage.

271 people onboard the aircraft were killed, two employees at a nearby repair garage were killed and two more were seriously burnt. The conclusion, taking out the jargon, was that the aeroplane had crashed because of improper maintenance used by American Airlines. 273 dead, and despite later exonerating the aircraft the damage was done in the public’s eye. American Airlines were fined $500,000 by the US government for improper maintenance procedures. 262 Americans, 4 Saudi Arabians, 1 South Korean, 2 Austrian, 1 Belgian and 4 people from the Netherlands all gone. For 32 years there was no memorial placed but in 2009 a memorial was funded after a two-year campaign by the 6th grade class of Decatur classical school in Chicago.

With a tragedy like this it is not unusual to think that there would be accounts of strange activity. Des Plaines officers reported that motorists had reported odd sights within a few months of the crash. They had seen odd, bobbing lights in the accident sites field, they had thought that it might be ghoulish collectors but on arrival they found the fields empty. Patrols often went on to the field but never apprehended anyone.

The nearby mobile homes park residents claimed to hear knocking at doors, rapping at doors and windows; responders would open their doors only to find there was nobody there. Dogs at the park would bark at the empty field and owners were unable to find anything that they would be reacting too. On a few occasions it was also said people confronted figures in the area too, and might get a worried person who told them they were searching for lost luggage or needed to make a connection before disappearing.

One anecdote (Americanhauntingsink.com) recalls a man who was approached by another man, he was walking his dog in an area near the crash at night and the man told him he needed to mark an emergency telephone call. The man was said to have a strong smell of gasoline and appeared to be smouldering. The dog walker turned to point towards the telephone booth and when he finally turned back to the man had vanished. Until that point he hadn’t paid much attention to the 191 rumours but was now soundly convinced.

There is also another report that travellers coming through O’Hare have seen a young man making a call from a booth, located close to the Fight 191 departure gate. He is said to take a few steps after finishing the call and then vanishes in front of their eyes (no I didn’t experience this).

Ghost Research said that they had got to the site, they hadn’t experienced anything unusual but did put up some ghost box recordings on their website. What you make of ‘spirit boxes’ is personal opinion but they were uploaded and linked on the site, along with a picture of the memorial.

Flight numbers are re-used all the time, airline geeks go into another theory about the flight number being cursed. Usually an incident or tragedy might well mean the number is retired but they found four connected incidents to the use of Flight 191.

1972, Puerto Rico on June 24th, was running late and the control tower at Mercedita was closed. The pilots communicated to an uncontrolled frequency and crashed into the runway. There were 20 people on the flight and five died, including two crewmen. The investigation was unable to each any conclusion about what had happened to cause the crash.

After the Chicago incident there was another Flight 91, Delta Airlines was going from Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood to LAX with a stop at Dallas. As the flew in they were starting to see thunderstorms but they were experienced pilots, they began the descent as the storms reached their peak. It was a mile short of the runway when it landed, it hit a car near the airport, two water tanks and then disintegrated.

The cause was a weather phenomenon known as a microburst, an increase in the headwind slowed it down, caused a severe downdraft and a strong tailwind caused the plane to speed up. It first hit the car and killed the occupant, it went out of control and upon crashing 137 people of the 163 onboard died. The third tragedy struck the 191 on the 2nd August, 1985.

21 years later, Flight 191 and a flight from Lexington, Kentucky set off towards Atlanta. Comairs Flight 191 set off on the morning of 27th August, 2006, and was assigned runway 22 but used runway 26 instead. 26 was too short to make a safe take off and this meant it overrun at the end of the runway. It crashed just past the end of the runway, it killed 47 passengers and two of the three crew onboard. The first officer was the only survivor. Ames Polehinke. The investigation concluded that the likely cause of the accident was pilot error, Captain Clay’s wife disputed this saying it was an under-staffed control tower and an inaccurate runway map.

Flight 191 has been kept in use and continues to be used by US airlines but its not the plane so you likely won’t need to worry about ghosts right?

Let’s be fair with the amount of flights in the modern world and airlines it is easy to associate a number with an accident. I googled my flight for Chicago which was 4146 and it seems that there was an accident for it too. 18th January 1988 there was a loss of all 108 passengers and crew onboard. Engine Number Four caught fire and then the flight in Chongwing, China, hit a power line and two farmhouses before it burst into flames. The engine fire was caused by an oil leak and it was blamed on poor maintenance. I am not inclined to believe in accidents being associated to numbers but more the airlines we place our faith in.

It hasn’t stopped me flying.

Wikipedia

americanhauntingsink.com

Chicago Tribune (now blocked in UK)

ghostresearch.org

airlinegeeks.com

planecrashinfo.com

mysteriousuniverse.org

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Dank old photo taken by me on a phone many years ago 🙂

 

When I googled Siberian discs it started to lead me off to the Dropa Stones but I could not find anything concrete or really new to go into that, so I turned my attention to something more recent

Volgograd, Russia saw something interesting that I have picked on, it is a place famous for the Battle of Stalingrad and has quite a few tourist attractions. Volgograd Oblast is also the region and it is in the region that a team of Russian investigators found more than a dozen stone discs, the claim from the team said that there was tungsten inside an in 2015 they were saying that the origins for them remains a mystery.

The report came from Bloknot Volgograd, Russian news site and says that the finding was made by a group called Kosmopoisk, led by Vadim Chernobrov. Kosmopoisk are a Russian UFO and cryptozoology group and they were in the Zhirnovsky area as it is said to be known for its mystical phenomenon.

Chernobrov told the newsite that they’d found a similar similar one 2 metres in diameter at Kuzbass and some researchers are quite adamant that the tungsten is part of the indication that UFO’s and aliens exist. One of those proponents is Scott Waring of UFO Sightings Daily (via ancient-origins.net)

I’m going to say that if I had more time I think I could get lost on his site following links and different UFO subjects on there. Scott Waring concludes on the site that they might have been military drones like alien/UFO ones he had previously picked up on as present around Mars.

So I’m off on a rabbit hole again. I looked up the post on the original site, Bloknot-Volgograd.ru presented on 09.09.15 and it has pictures of the recovery of the stones with the locals watching the excavation. They say that they are sending them to Zhirnovsky Museum of local lore, to date the stones and here is where I rolled my eyes a bit.

UFOholic.com leap in on the 14th September, 2015, to proclaim the ‘initial’ geological analysis puts their age at over 1 million years old. The other claim that it has been known for mythology and folklore also comes from a statement from Chernobrov. So, so far all links back to this one group and I am still sat digging … I tend to want to see more when I start on these blogs, and if you are reading I will tend to presume that you feel the same.

I went back to Kosmopoisk, Vadim Chernobrov’s own site would not go through my firewall and caused my internet a small apoplectic fit so I backtracked again. Kosmopoisk.org is a very details site and my Russian just isn’t strong enough to navigate it, along with google translate not really helping I think someone native or more educated would be better off taking a look.

So moving on I found another article on ntd.tv from 29th August 2017, about how another disc had been discovered by a Russian mining company. This time they explain Boris Elazkov found the object 40 metres underground, it looks artificially crafted and dated at around 10,000 years old.

The article goes back to mention the Volgograd artifacts, it mentions the Kuzbass disc as well and it mentions in there how tungsten is a military grade used metal and it asks readers if perhaps they might be representations of extra-terrestrial spacecrafts and not spacecrafts themselves.

So schools of thought, UFO’s and musing all came to be discussion points, sometimes the comments on articles or these discussions one quite enlightening. On Bloknot-Volgograd there is a comment from a man, Michael, who basically states that knowledge of the local area would tell you it’s formerly an area that was the sea and they are likely just pebbles in his view.

Assaultsweb forums also had a discussion thread about it and they said that tungsten is known to be quite prolific in the area, that similar disc objects had been found in China. Another comment says that they looked like something from their local coal mines called kettle bottoms and just considered natural things.


So are they UFO’s, carvings of them or just naturally eroded stones?

Sources: UFOsightingsdaily.com, wikipedia, bloknot-volgograd.ru, kosmoposik.org, ufoholic.com, ntd.tv/inspiring, asssaultweb.net, ancient-origin.net

Picture below is actually of Yorkshire Peak District but thanks to copyright and paranoia of Article 13 I don’t think I best link the ones they used!

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A major highway/express-way in Hong Kong that was built in 1977, the early design and heavy usage mean regular traffic jams and road accidents. This has led to it being known as a haunted road.

In July 2003 a lorry and bus collided, the bus broke through the barriers and dropped 115 feet into the Ting Kau village below. 21 deaths, including the driver, and 20 injured were the results of the accident. The lorry driver was convicted for causing death by dangerous driving which after an appeal was reduced and became careless driving.

This is only one of the history of fatalities but it is by far the worst, drivers down the road began to tell of people who had appeared causing them to serve and it has been accounted for pile-ups and crashes there regularly enough that it has given way to the haunted reputation. Now regular travellers and witnesses say they simply drive through them.

Whether or not this is true or urban legends developing from the tragedies, it’s certainly a road that you will need to take caution with if you are heading along that way.

HK Tuen Mun Road So Kwun Wat Section

Thought by UFOlogists to be part of a series of at least 716 Circular Stone discs, dating back around 12,000 years. On these stones tiny hieroglyphics may be found, there is, however no evidence of their existence.

Supposedly they were given to Tsum Um Nui for study in 1958, by 1962 he claimed to have deciphered them about a story of spacecraft which had landed and contained the Dropa people. Unable to leave Earth they then had to adapt to it, he then claimed that the local Ham tribesmen then hunted the Dropa people down.

In 1962 it is said he published his findings and then apparently went in to self-exile. It’s said that he died not long after he completed his manuscript.

Tsum Um Nui is not, according to the claims, a real Chinese name and there is no mention of him within China outside of the Dropa Stones. It is said that the stones were housed in several of the Chinese Museums but again there seems to be no records of this happening.

Built in 1930’s it is situated at Netheravon Road, Changi Villages, Singapore. It’s design is typical of the buildings from the British Colonial architects in the 1920’s. During the assault of the Japanese aggression from Malaya in February 1942 Changi was one of the first attack points.

In a day or two later it was occupied by the Japanese army, soon after OCH was converted into a military hospital, after the occupation ended it was converted back and later had a military ward on the 3rd level.

February 1997, it was replaced with the new hospital, it was isolated and left vacant. Stories about the building being haunted started in 1940’s, with 70+ years of rich history from the dreadful World War II. It witnessed the fall of Singapore and the brutal torture of Prisoners of War.

A quick net search shows me that they have a footage style horror set there, whilst I could not find anything solid on hauntings it seems that there are people making stories for the place anyway.