UFO UpDates
A mailing list for the study of UFO-related phenomena
'Its All Here In Black & White'
Location: UFOUpDatesList.Com > 1998 > Jul > Jul 12

UK UFO Flap July 10 (BBC)

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 03:01:38 +0200
Fwd Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 12:03:41 -0400
Subject: UK UFO Flap July 10 (BBC)

From: The BBC.

URL:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_130000/130527.stm

And do go to the site and listen to the audio link (1m 47s)!

Stig

*******

Saturday, July 11, 1998 Published at 06:35 GMT 07:35 UK

Sci/Tech

The Z from outer space

(Image: Lighting up the sky: a meteorite enters the atmosphere)

A large meteorite is being blamed for hundreds of sightings of bright
lights in the sky along the west coast of Britain on Friday evening.

Initially the authorities were baffled about the source of the lights,
which looked like the letter Z or the number 2.

(Audio link: Belfast Coastguard Duty Watch Manager Bungy Williamson:
"It was intriguing")

It was not until early on Saturday morning that an airline pilot who
landed at East Midlands airport was able to provide a rational
explanation.

The pilot reported seeing a large meteorite entering the atmosphere as
he was flying to the UK from France.

He claimed to have watched it breaking up and leaving a long trail in
its wake which was then formed by winds into shapes resembling the
letters.

Throughout Friday evening police and coastguards from Cornwall to
Scotland were inundated with calls from people who spotted the lights,
though most came from people living around the Irish Sea.

Coastguards in Belfast said they had received dozens of 999 calls and
admitted they had seen lights in the sky which they watched for an hour
above the north coast of Ireland.

A spokesman said the lights formed a large Z-shape. "It was very
prominent and was due north of the coastguard station. We were able to
watch it from the windows.

"I can say that I have never seen anything like it before.

"It was a larger shape than the moon but as we were unable to measure
the distance it was impossible to judge its actual size. I made a
drawing of the object which shortly before midnight began to fade.

"It appeared to be moving very slowly westwards. When we first saw the
object it was not completely dark. It was higher than the clouds and
occasionally it was obscured by passing clouds."

Another report was received by Teesside Air Traffic control tower near
Middlesbrough who reported seeing an object resembling the letter Q in
the sky west of their position.

In a statement, the Department of Transport said: "The sightings were
from as far apart as Cornwall to the Clyde, west to Belfast and east to
Leeds.

"Air traffic control systems were contacted and it was established no
aircraft were missing or overdue.

"RAF Fylingdales early warning station reported no undue activity, as
did Jodrell Bank.

"We can only summarize it is space debris or a comet."

Departing perhaps from the dryness associated with the civil service
the statement added: "Coastguard and air traffic control are satisfied
this is not aircraft related, so we can only assume whatever it is
comes from 'out there'."