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1996 UFO Crash Off Isle Of Lewis Explained?

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 05:37:37 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 10:32:51 -0500
Subject: 1996 UFO Crash Off Isle Of Lewis Explained?


Forwarded from 'alt.ufo.reports'.

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From: newsdesk@iainx.demon.co.uk (Newsdesk)
Newsgroups: alt.ufo.reports
Subject: Copter found in Atlantic
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 98 00:39:20 GMT
Organization: Atlantic Press Agency UK

by Iain X. Maciver, freelance journalist
18 Bells Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles HS1 2RA  Tel
0700 561 8099 (office, home, & mobile)
Fax 0700 561 8090

by Iain Maciver         filed Dec 17, 1998

PART of a military helicopter has been dragged up in nets by a
trawler off the Western Isles of Scotland.

Yet, incredibly, none has been reported missing.

There was speculation last night (WED) that the amazing find,
reported by a French trawler, could explain the UFO seen
plunging into the sea off the Isle of Lewis by several witnesses
two years ago.

The RAF confirmed it had launched an investigation after the
find of a helicopter rotor head with four blades, and part of a
gearbox.

The cluster was dredged up from a depth of 1,000 feet in a
position about 80 miles west of the Butt of Lewis.

It has emerged that the trawler, the Albert Granet, was last
night believed to be making for Stornoway with what could be
part of a Westland helicopter.

Only last month, part of the BBC1 programme Mysteries with Carol
Vorderman was devoted to dramatic accounts from witnesses of the
sightings of the plummeting, smoking UFO north-west of the Butt
of Lewis.

The RAF last night insisted: "None of our aircraft is missing."
No helicopters have been reported lost or missing in the area
for decades.

RAF spokesman Craig Lindsay did, however, confirm that serial
numbers from the recovered cluster indicate that it may be from
a helicopter made by Westland.

The twin-engined Westland Lynx, used by many worldwide forces,
is often used in maritime reconnaissance and operates well from
aircraft carriers. It also has four rotor blades.

The RAF spokesman stressed: "We eliminated all aircraft from UK
forces at the time. We even investigated the possibility of
secret testing but we drew a blank."

However, the French trawler's find is bound to add to
speculation that the military know more than they are saying
about the mysterious incident involving the UFO on Saturday,
October 26, 1996, off Ness in the north of Lewis.

Flashes and explosions in the sky were reported by a number of
credible witnesses. There was a large scale military exercise
going on in the sea off Lewis and there were even claims that a
rogue missile had been deliberately destroyed.

A sea and air search covering 1,000 square miles was launched
after the witnesses reported seeing flashes, smoke and hearing
two explosions off the west coast something apparently plunged
into the sea.

It was initially thought obvious that an aircraft had crashed
and police, coastguards and ambulance crews rushed to Ness in
case there were casualties.

An RAF Nimrod aircraft was launched as was Stornoway
Coastguard's helicopter, and an RAF Sea King helicopter from
Lossiemouth. Searches began by a coastguard tug and the
Stornoway lifeboat.

UFO watchers had a field day with astronomers also joining in
claiming there was unusual meteorite activity over the Atlantic
and other parts of the globe. Western Isles MP Calum Macdonald,
now a Scottish Office minister, tabled Parliamentary Questions
to the then Defence Secretary, Michael Portillo.

He demanded to know if the military was responsible for the
incident which sparked off a major air and sea search reported
to have cost in excess of #200,000.

Mr Portillo said there was no evidence the military was in any
way involved. The Royal Artillery Range in Benbecula confirmed
that they had not carried out any test firing that Saturday.

Comparisons were later drawn between the events and the TV
series The X Files.

The RAF at Kinloss assumed responsibility for the incident which
was initially handled by Stornoway Coastguard.

A coastguard insider confirmed the extent and effort put into
the search after the UFO sighting was 'very unusual'. He said
the buzz was that a missile had gone seriously wrong and was
brought down by the military.

"The intensive search was not so much to discover wreckage but
to ensure nothing was ever found," said the source.

Witnesses reported seeing a vapour trail high in the sky and at
least 15 to 20 miles out to the west of the Butt of Lewis. No
wreckage or tell-tale oil spills were ever found.

All sorts of alternative theories were put forward ranging from
lightning, to meteorites and plummeting space junk.

The RAF last night said that the aircraft recovery section at
RAF St Athan in Wales was being briefed. It will probably assume
responsibility for the helicopter parts when the trawler docks,
as expected, in Stornoway today (THU).

ends

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Iain X. Maciver, News Reporter
Tel 0700 561 8099
Fax 0700 561 8090  iainx@reporters.net