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Original Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 01:58:22 +0200 (CEST)
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These pages focus on paranormal and extraordinary events that have
taken place in the North West, particularly in the Manchester area.
Further on the pages expand to cover the U.K. and then the world.
So if you, dear visitor, have had a weird experience that defies
logical explanation, and you would like to share it with us, please
e-mail your story to the webmaster. Over time and with your input
this section will build into a dynamic database of logic defying
events and experiences across the North West UK, and eventually across
the entire globe via the World Wide Web.
When "ordinary" folk report UFO sightings, many are sceptical, but
it's not as easy to refute such claims when they're made by highly
skilled professional people, especially pilots. This report appeared
in the Times in January 1996:
Civil Aviation Authority launches investigation into fourth such
incident since 1987.
A British Airways passenger jet had a close encounter with an
unidentified flying object while landing at Manchester Airport, an
official report disclosed on Thursday night. The Boeing 737, with 60
people on board, was overtaken at high speed by a wedge-shaped craft
as the plane descended through 4000 ft on the final stages of a
journey from Milan.
Captain Roger Wills reported that the UFO, which was emblazoned with
small white lights and possibly a black stripe down its side, flashed
silently down the side of the jet so close that his co-pilot, First
Officer Mark Stuart, involuntarily ducked as it went by.
There was no sound and no wake but both pilots were so concerned that
they filed a formal 'airmiss' report. The Civil Aviation Authority
launched an investigation, the fourth such incident since 1987, and
after a year-long inquiry concluded this week (Thursday) that they
could find no likely explanation. The three previous reported
sightings also baffled the CAA experts.
The incident happened at 6.48 pm on January 6 1995 with the aircraft
just above the clouds and visibility at least 10 miles. Then air
traffic controllers had the following conversation with Flight 5061:
B737: "We just had something go down the right hand side, just above
us, very fast."
Manchester: "Well there's nothing seen on radar. Was it an aircraft?"
B737: "Well, it had lights, it went down the starboard side very
Captain Wills and First Officer Stuart are certain that the object was
solid and not a balloon, a model aircraft or even a military 'Stealth'
aircraft which the captain had seen before and would have recognised.
Both pilots should be commended for their courage in submitting a
report, the investigators said.
(Copyright The Times)
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