Dan has written and starred in movies like Ghostbusters, Coneheads, and Spies Like Us, which all feature elements of the supernatural and extraterrestrial.
But did you know that Aykroyd himself has had a personal experience with a UFO? In fact, he claims that he saw one up close and personal, just 50 feet away from him, in broad daylight, in the middle of a city.
The incident happened in Montreal, Canada, where Aykroyd was staying at a hotel with a friend. He was working on a script for a movie, when he decided to take a break and look out the window.
What he saw next was something that he would never forget.
He described it as a “big grey object, 100 feet long, 50 feet high, with what looks like a bunch of grapes underneath it”. It was hovering silently in the air, without any visible means of propulsion or wings. It seemed to be aware of his presence, as it turned slowly to face him and his friend.
They stared at it in awe and disbelief for about a minute and a half, trying to make sense of what they were witnessing. Then, the object moved away and drifted into the St. Lawrence River, disappearing from sight.
“The most spectacular one that I saw was about 50 feet away from me and on the 23rd floor of a hotel in Montreal,” he said. “We looked out the window, and there was this big grey object, 100 feet long, 50 feet high, with what looks like a bunch of grapes underneath it, you know?”
“It just sat there, and we got a good look at it for about a minute and a half and then it kind of turned slowly, no sound, and it just drifted off.”
“We ran into the hall and saw it drift into the St. Lawrence River.”
Aykroyd was stunned by the encounter. He said that it was not any kind of aircraft that he had ever seen or heard of. He was convinced that it was an alien craft, or at least something that was not made by humans.
He said that he had no idea who or what was operating it, or what their intentions were. He said that he felt no fear or threat from the object, but rather a sense of curiosity and wonder.
“Whether it was occupied or not, who was operating it, I don’t know, I can’t say that. But I know what I saw and I know I had a witness with me, and I know that was a vivid, vivid sighting.”
Dan said that he had never seen anything like it before or since, and that it was one of the most vivid and memorable experiences of his life.
Aykroyd’s UFO encounter is one of the most intriguing and credible cases in ufology. It is rare to have such a close and clear sighting of an unidentified flying object, especially by someone who is well-known and respected in the public eye.