UFO encounters of the automobile kind are common. Besides the many reports of engines and lights suddenly malfunctioning, there are some more famous and intimate auto encounters, like the 1979 incident in Minnesota by deputy sheriff Val Johnson, whose damaged car is now in a museum. Or the 1969 incident in Sheffield, Massachusetts, when Thom Reed and his family reported being abducted from their car – a UFO encounter honored by the state’s governor as “historically significant and true.” On the other hand, UFO encounters of the motorcycle kind are pretty rare. In fact, if anyone else has had one, Richman Myambo may want to talk to you about what happened to him recently in Zimbabwe – an incident that left him and his two wheels reeling.
“I was travelling home on my motorbike at around 9 am when I witnessed a strange light travelling in the sky. I tried to concentrate on riding, but what made me fall was the sound that followed after the light. I then fell on the bike due to panic. I thought I was dying.”
Richman Myambo, a resident of the Chipinge Safari Area in eastern Zimbabwe near the Mozambique border, told local media the “object looked like a rocket with fire on its back” and that the sound was deafening. Myambo knows what you’re thinking:
“I was 100% sober, but I was so confused because I thought I had encountered those strange things people see in dark and thick forests.”
The Chipinge Safari Area sounds more like a place for a Bigfoot encounter in a dark park. While no one else was knocked off of their bikes by the UFO (Myambo suffered a leg injury that required a hospital visit), there were other witnesses who reported the incident, including Charles Mugadhuyu who claimed he saw the UFO drop fast, explode into flames and hit the ground with an audible thud. Felistus Magorwa told local media it looked like a star heading eastward across the sky, but the sound was more than a thud.
“It was a frightening explosion-like sound. It also sounded like rain thunder despite the clear sky.”
ZBC News reported other unnamed witnesses reported a bright light resembling the collision of two stars, a huge “blow” sound and ground shaking. Add all of those up and it sounds more like a meteorite than a UFO. In fact, the district Meteorological Services Department confirmed that it witnessed something but issued no official statement as of this writing.
It would be easy to chalk this one up as a meteorite – an encounter close enough to knock a man off of his motorbike – but any discussion of Zimabwe and UFOs always leads to the 1994 incident when 62 children at Ariel School in Ruwa (six hours from Chipinge) reported seeing a shiny flying disc and speaking telepathically with aliens. No one was knocked off of their bikes or trikes or see-saws, but the children are now adults and continue to stick to their story. Did their aliens come back to check up on them?
Probably not. This one is on the “meteorite” side of the explanation dial unless more witnesses or some photos turn up. If you’re heading to Zimbabwe to look for Myambo’s UFO, wear a helmet.