Mulder and Scully get involved in the investigation of a commercial airliner crash that had among its passengers a well-known alien abductee, Max Fennig. One survivor is found at the crash site and Scully is quick to notice that he is suffering from radiation burns. Mulder also notices there is a 9 minute gap between the time the authorities say the plane crashed and the time found on the watches of several of the dead passengers. The government official in charge of the crash investigation, Mike Millar, scoffs at Mulder other-worldly explanation of the crash and that it involved an encounter with a UFO. He begins to change his view when he can't explain some of the physical evidence. Written by
Did You Know?
The pseudonym Max Fenig (Scott Bellis
) uses on his ill-fated flight is Paul Gidney. Gidney is the name of one of the Moon Men in the first adventure of Rocky and His Friends
(1959), titled "Jet Fuel Formula" (the other Moon Man is Cloyd). See more
Mulder and Scully are celebrating her birthday (February 23) at the beginning of the episode, but when we first see the plane crash site, the time is listed as 5:52 AM, in very bright sun. 5:52 AM in February in New York State would still be predawn and very dark. See more
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