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Airliner Had Near Miss With UFO

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 08:16:15 -0400
Archived: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 08:16:15 -0400
Subject: Airliner Had Near Miss With UFO

Source: BBC News - London, England, UK


Monday, 20 October 2008

Airliner Had Near Miss With UFO

A passenger jet bound for Heathrow Airport had a near miss with
a UFO, Ministry of Defence files reveal.

The captain of the Alitalia airliner shouted "Look out" to his
co-pilot at the sight of a brown missile-shaped object shooting
past them overhead.

Civil Aviation Authority and military investigations could not
explain the 1991 incident near Lydd in Kent.

The unsolved close encounter features in UFO-related military
documents made available by the National Archives.

After ruling out the object flying past the Alitalia jet being a
missile, weather balloon or space rocket, the MoD closed the

Nineteen files covering sightings between 1986 and 1992 are
being made available online.

Almost 200 such files will be made available by the MoD over the
next four years.

The current batch also includes a US Air Force pilot's account
of being ordered to shoot down a UFO that appeared on his radar
while he flew over East Anglia.

There is also an MoD request that army and navy helicopters not
take photographs of crop circles, because of concerns about
undermining the official line that the military did not
investigate unexplained phenomena.

And the files also contain a letter from a woman claiming to be
from the Sirius system who said her spacecraft - also containing
two "Spectrans" with "Mr Spock ears" - crashed in Britain during
World War II.

UFO expert and journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam
University, Dr David Clarke, said the documents would shed new
light on relatively little-known sightings.

He said some conspiracy theorists would already have decided
that the release of the papers was a "whitewash".

He added: "Because the subject is bedevilled by charlatans and
lunatics, it is career suicide to have your name associated with
UFOs, which is a real pity.

"The National Archives are doing a fantastic job here. Everyone
brings their own interpretation.

"Now you can look at the actual primary material - the stuff
coming into the MoD every day - and make your own mind up.

[Thanks to Greg Boone for the lead]

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