The group's plans were to make a thorough search of the area around the crash site for any anomalies before making camp. The stories of the radiation hazards may be real. They would take all precautions before proceeding to the object itself. It would be the middle of June when the group of volunteers met success. They had found the craft! The immense object had come to rest on a plateau and in the process had broken into two pieces.
One of the crew members would later describe the humbling elation of the find. "There it was, a craft from another world." Also, the craft was still emitting an energy field of some type. Expedition member Emil Bachurin would state, "You could feel it all around." The crew was still some 1,500 meters from the craft, but it's unbelievable size was clearly discernible even from that distance. As the group approached to within 1,000 meters of the craft, they were overcome with an intense feeling of dread, and anxiety. As they continued to approach the craft, these feelings created an overwhelming fatigue.
At the distance of 1,000 meters, delicate electronic instruments malfunctioned. The group could feel electricity around them, like humid, thick air. The only thing that pushed them on was the extraordinary sight of craft from a distant planet. There could be no doubt now. They were approaching an extraterrestrial spacecraft. The electromagnetic field of the UFO was so intense that all compass needles were drawn directly to the object, while other types of measuring instruments simply went dead. From a closer vantage point, it was now clear how the object had met it's fate. It had smashed into an overhanging cliff which caused an internal explosion. The explosion had caused the craft to break into two pieces.
The group was shocked at the power of the object's energy field. Many of the tests and measurements planned had to be canceled. Visual observations would have to suffice. Doing what they could with moving to and from the field of the craft's power, some small experiments were done. Power generators would burn up when pulled to start. Other sources of power seemed to be swallowed up by the magnetic field of the other worldly spaceship. The researchers could now determine that the craft, after hitting the cliffs above them had skidded on it's belly for a distance of 5,000 feet before coming to rest. The nose was dented from the impact, and the mid section explosion had blown out the metallic cover, bending it outward. Unfortunately, the members of the expedition was not able to approach any closer than 800 meters before the energy field stopped them. Many drawings and sketches were made of their observations.
The explosion damage in the craft's mid section did allow a glimpse inside. Beams and flooring could be seen, arranged in a way as to imply more than one level. No sign of alien bodies could be seen from their vantage point. The strange green symbols were large enough to be studied, and they were copied exactly by Nikolay Subbotin. All agreed that the symbols did not represent any known language, but they confirmed without a doubt that this craft was one and the same as the four MIG jets had chased. Photographs were taken, but obviously the radiation field caused the film to be overexposed, ruining some of the most valuable pieces of information in UFO history. Some of the crew members received radiation burns at a distance of 800 meters. Video tape was also ruined, as the cameras would not even function at a close enough distance to film the craft.
In the distance, the expedition could see the remains of the Russian MI-8 helicopter, which had tried to hoist a portion of the craft. No bodies were seen. Were the bodies retrieved by the military? The strong electromagnetic fields could have disabled the helicopter's instruments, causing the crash, it was surmised. The heartache of the expedition members was almost too much to bear. There they were, so close and yet so far. They had been able to do what thousands of researchers and scientists could only dream of. They had actually seen a crashed UFO, yet so much more information was needed.
The world wide impact of the photographs on the scientific community would have been immeasurable. To have been able to go inside this ship from another world would be the dream of a lifetime. Still, the expedition was highly successful in many ways. They did have their own observances and testimony. They had sketches and drawings. They had an unbelievable story to tell whoever would listen. They had one more thing. The desire to make another attempt to see inside the saucer; to touch the craft, to walk inside of it. And if the craft was not remotely controlled, they could even see a being from another world!
Only a few months after the second expedition had ended, plans were already underway for a triumphant third journey to the crash site. This project would materialize, but the results would be disappointing. It would take until 1998 to gather the funding and personnel to make the trip one more time. Participants in this ill-fated third expedition were: Oleg Murashev, Nelli Slugina, Anton Bogatov, Nikolay Subbotin, Alexey Kostenko, and Emil Bachurin.
On August 19, 1998, Nikolay Subbotin and his group left Moscow and traveled first to Almatis to find German Svechkov, who was a leader of the June 1992 expedition. They made contact with Svechkov's son, Vasily, but he refused to tell them where to find his father. It seems that the senior Svechlov was more concerned at this time with the downward turn of the Russian financial situation. He was worried that leaving his business for an extended period of time might cause it to fail completely. The group left without him, but without his funds the mission was doomed. With only meager resources, they were not able to rent a helicopter to take them close enough to the site to make the mission feasible.
They did make the site, but the UFO was gone. Too much time had elapsed, and more than likely, the military had removed it the spring following the semi-successful second expedition. Markers left by the second group were still there, but the craft and the helicopter were gone. The ground had been planed by construction equipment, removing any sign of the original crash. The gigantic UFO of 1991 was not an illusion. It had been confirmed by radar, and seen by four pilots, who described it in detail.
The second expedition had found the craft, and drawn sketches and diagrams of it. They had meticulously duplicated the alien markings on it's tail. For a few fleeting moments, the hope of the entire UFO community had been achieved. One disappointment after another had made that triumph short-lived. When the third expedition had found nothing at the site, doubt began to arise about the validity of the findings of the second group. There is too much documentation from independent witnesses to dispute the existence of the UFO. Most UFO enthusiasts believe the testimony of the members of the second expedition. An extraterrestrial spacecraft crashed in the "Grave of the Devil," in the Tien Shan Mountains.