If the Aliens are So Smart and Technologically Advanced, Why Do They Keep Crashing?

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The internet is blowing up with UFO news again.

I’ve been following the topic of UFOs (now called UAPs—unidentified aerial phenomena) with interest since 2021 when 60 Minutes aired an episode about the existence of UAPs.  Interest in UFOs waxes and wanes like moon phases, and it’s waxing again—a bright, ginormous, greenish-grayish alien moon appearing next to our usual boring one and causing strong tides of interest, diverting our attention from more important news—the Bud Light boycott, all-ages drag shows, Trump’s indictment, Biden’s trips and falls… Frankly, I find the UFO gossip a welcome distraction. 

There are two bewildering incidents in the news right now that caught my attention.

The first is a 911 call from a family in Nevada claiming aliens crash-landed in their back yard.

According to the video, the family reported two subjects, 8, 9, or 10 feet tall. They looked like aliens—big shiny eyes, big mouth, long legs, greenish-grayish. One of the beings climbed behind the controls of a large front loader as if trying to engage it. The caller said he could hear its deep breaths. When he locked eyes with it, he was frozen in place, couldn’t move. The family heard the patter of multiple feet in the yard. They heard footsteps on the roof. A circular impression of the craft was left in the soil. Two officers arrived 38 minutes after the call.

The second, more recent topic of interest concerns a whistleblower claiming the U.S. is in possession of at least a dozen non-human spacecraft.

I didn’t pay much attention to the whistleblower, a former UAP analyst named David Grusch. His claims seem generic and nothing new—the U.S. has intact alien spacecraft. He hasn’t personally seen any of them, nor does he have any evidence to show the public. His testimony is not nearly as riveting as the one from Ryan Graves, a former Navy pilot who witnessed UAPs during his regular flights off the Atlantic.

My husband recommended watching a YouTube video from a channel called “Sandboxx” that spent most of the video confirming the credibility of David Grusch.

The news was originally published on a website called The Debrief, a “news site providing a public venue for credible reporting on science, tech, and defense news, with an eye for the cutting edge science and technology of tomorrow.”

Thewhistleblower, David Charles Grusch, 36, a decorated former combat officer in Afghanistan, is a veteran of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). He served as the reconnaissance office’s representative to the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force from 2019-2021. From late 2021 to July 2022, he was the NGA’s co-lead for UAP analysis and its representative to the task force.


As a speculative fiction writer and former Air Force officer with a degree in physics, I find this topic absolutely fascinating. The witnesses are as credible as their testimony is unbelievable.

But here’s what I don’t understand: if highly intelligent, technologically advanced aliens are visiting Earth, why do they keep crashing?

According to 8 News Now, the family who made the 911 call reported that one of the aliens climbed into a front loader in their back yard and tried to engage with it. Why would an alien with advanced technology be interested in a front loader? Has Earth become a tourist spot for bored aliens wanting to have a little fun on a Sunday night? Did a couple of alien teens take the family spaceship for a joyride through a wormhole to Earth, crash-land into a Nevada backyard, then climb onto the roof to be rescued? 

If alien beings are really visiting earth, and if all these weird UFO sightings are legit—and that would mean a LOT of aliens—it would be, according to Grusch, an “ontological shock.”

It’s weird and fascinating. 

4 thoughts on “If the Aliens are So Smart and Technologically Advanced, Why Do They Keep Crashing?”

  1. The book””Signatures of Life””, science searches the universe , is an excellent book on this subject.

  2. Hi Lisa! This is Toby…I was a freshman in CS13 when you were a senior…long time and I love that you write about cool stuff (my opin). I too am fascinated in the UAP topic although since I was 10! I grew up in Stephenville TX which I’m sure you’ve seen is now famous for their event in 2008.
    Anyway, I’m in San Antonio for last 23yrs, working for VA and exploring ufology. Would love to catch up and speculate about the multiverse sometime 🙂

    1. Hey cool! I remember you! That is, assuming I’ve got the right Toby (yearbook, bottom row, 2nd from left?) Yeah, I thought Men in Black–a secret group of government men hiding evidence of UFO encounters–was totally made up. Not anymore. Weird stuff! I was in San Antonio once–nice area. Maybe in a couple of years I’ll be out there to promote my debut novel =) I hope you’re doing well. Check out my social media links (very bottom of website) and let’s stay in touch. Take care!

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