From: David Clarke <email@example.com> Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 14:22:03 -0400 Fwd Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 03:15:01 -0400 Subject: Max Burns And The So-called "Sheffield Incident" I'm not going to get sidetracked by Max's tedious rantings, so this is my final statement position on the so-called "Sheffield Incident" until new and independently verifiable evidence is presented. After two years' investigation all the important witnesses and participants who had any involvement in these events have now been interviewed. As Martin Jeffrey, one of the original investigators has written, this case cannot go on. Rumours, anonymous informants, wishful thinking and blind belief cannot be regarded as evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Here are the FACTS: 1) No Tornado aircraft, or any other military or civilian aircraft, was lost, destroyed or otherwise disabled as a result of an accident or enemy action over the the Peak District or any other part of the UK on the evening of March 24, 1997. 2) No RAF or NATO pilot of any military aircraft lost his life or is registered as "missing in action" as a result of any accident or loss of aircraft on March 24, 1997. 3)There is not one convincing and independently supported sighting of a UFO from South Yorkshire or Derbyshire recorded by police or civilian investigators for the night of March 24. All observations between 7.30 and 10.30pm that night can be explained as sightings of RAF aircraft involved in a low-flying exercise, light civilian aircraft and the two search and rescue helicopters. 4) The only military presence in the search area was a single RAF Sea King helicopter which reached the scene just before midnight and left the area at lunchtime on March 25. 5) A police helicopter equipped with heat-seaking equipment, along with seven Mountain Rescue teams (141 civilians) and around 100 police and dog teams conducted a thorough search of 50 square miles of moor between 11pm on the 24th and 1pm on the 25 "without any trace" of a crashed aircraft being found [South Yorkshire Police Log). 6) Jonathan Dagenhart could NOT have seen the crew member of an RAF/NATO aircraft at 11pm on March 24 because none was lost or disabled over the Peak District that night. It follows that the West Indian or Asian man he saw had no connection with the incident whatsoever other than coincidence. Both the Peak National Park Ranger and the Derbyshire Police have stated that the man seen on the Snake Pass by Dagenhart was a member of the public who had made an attempt on his own life. 7) Jonathan Dagenhart has stated unequivocably that he does not share Max's interpretation of this man's identity and never stated that he believed he was a member of a military aircraft crew. Dagenhart has repeatedly asked for his identity to be concealed and for his testimony not to be utilised in connection with claims involving UFOs and crashed aircraft. His requests have been ignored by Max. Max Burns is claiming a very serious, earth-changing event took place on the night of March 24, 1997 over Sheffield and the Peak District. Independently verifiable evidence must therefore be produced by Max to support these claims if he expects them to be given any credence. No such evidence has been offered. Once again I challenge Max Burns to answer the following direct questions, questions I have asked repeatedly for the last two years without receiving an answer: 1) The name of the pilot he claims was killed as a direct result of an encounter between a UFO and "a Tornado interceptor" on March 24, 1997. 2) The name of the co-pilot he claims ejected from the Tornado and was later seen "wandering". 3) The name of the base from which the Tornado flew, and the registration number of the aircraft. 4) The name of a single eyewitness who saw a military aircraft intercepting/under attack/being destroyed bya UFO as a result of a pursuit that night. I submit that Max Burns will never be able to provide answers to these questions because quite simply the version of events he is promoting never took place. Anyone who continues to support Max's claims in the absence of answers to these questions, or the production of evidence acceptable to a court of law, cannot purport to be an objective researcher. Max Burn's scenario is so far removed from reality that it bears no passing resemblance to anything which actually occurred that night. Any UFO investigator worthy of the name would have interviewed those who participated and organised the search and rescue operation before reaching any conclusion about this incident. The fact is that Max Burns has not spoken to a single person who was directly involved in those events and who individually and collectively concluded that NO aircrash or any kind occurred that night. These highly experienced authorities - who have all provided on the record statements to my investigation - include: Police Superintendent Christine Burbeary, South Yorks Police Detective Inspector Christine Wallace, S. Yorks Police South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Station Officer Michael Fretwell Peter Shepherd, Air Accident Investigation Unit, Department of Transport. Inspector Andrew Howard, Derbyshire Police Inspector Jack Clarkson, South Yorkshire Police HM Coroner for South Yorkshire, Chris Dorries. Sergeant Michael Hope, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Peak District Mountain Rescue Chairman, Mike France Senior Mountain rescue officials Phil Shaw and Ted Burton Peak District Park Senior Ranger Brian Jones. If Max claims a crash did occur then all these people are effectively liars, or at the very least have been misled and lied to, an equally serious allegation. Claims such as these require evidence to back them up - where is that evidence? I challenged Max Burns that if he was genuine in his contention that a military pilot had lost his life in an incident over the Peak District then he must present his evidence to the HM Coroner, Chris Dorries, by 1 March 1999. If there is evidence that a body has been concealed from the Coroner, whatever the circumstances, then a very serious crime has occurred and it is Max's duty to present that evidence for an independent inquiry. Max has failed to present that evidence, or answer the fundamental questions and the demand for independently verifiable evidence that his claims require. Readers can draw their own conclusions from these actions. I predict that some day soon Max Burns and all those who have supported his Alice in Wonderland fantasy will find themselves with substantial amounts of egg on their faces. The facts and evidence show my conclusions about this case were correct: namely, there is no case. No UFO, no Tornado, no crash. Simply one mundane event distorted out of all recognition by a UFO believer and swallowed whole by a few gullible souls who should know better. In the words of one witness to those night's events, Sharon Aldridge: "UFOs were never mentioned until Max came to the pub and started asking us about it." *The full 20,000 word text of my investigation into the Howden Moor IFO will shortly be available to read on the Magonia website, and on the IUN's New Website, currently under construction at: www.iun.org Paper copies can be ordered from the IUN at =A35 from 38 Highmoor Avenue, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, UK.
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