That may sound like a question best left to the fans of television shows like The X Files and Unsolved Mysteries. But according to former president Jimmy Carter, not only did it happen, but the psychic succeeded where U.S. spy satellites had failed.
Carter, who served in the White House from 1977 to 1981, told a group of students this week about "a special U.S. plane" that went down somewhere in Zaire during his presidency.
A sweep of the African terrain by American spy satellites failed to locate any sign of the wreckage. So, Carter said, the Central Intelligence Agency turned to a woman in California who was reputed to have psychic powers.
"I have to say that without my knowledge, the head of the CIA asked her to come in," the 70-year-old former president recalled.
"She went into a trance. And while she was in the trance, she gave some latitude and longitude figures. We focused our satellite cameras on that point and the plane was there."
Carter made the disclosure after two students asked if he was aware of any government evidence pointing to the existence of extraterrestrials.
While he said U.S. military and security agencies actively investigate reports of Unidentified Flying Objects, the former president added: "I never knew of any instance where it was proven that any sort of vehicle had come from outer space to our country and either lived here or left."
Copyright 1995, The Detroit News