UFOs spotted in the skies of Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 10:27 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:27 25 March 2014
Just what's going on in the county's skies?
Last summer driving instructor Steve Lambert unexpectedly found himself being contacted by people from across the world after a photo he posted on Facebook ‘went viral’ and caught the attention of UFO spotters, national newspapers and TV news channels.
Steve spotted two objects passing over Bracknell on a late afternoon in June and managed to capture the evidence on his mobile. This month Berkshire Life was able to tell Steve that he was not alone in seeing something strange in our local skies that summer. For it’s been revealed that the captain of a flight heading to Ibiza feared a collision with a high speed apparently metallic ‘rugby ball’ shaped object at 35,000 feet above Reading, in the early evening of July 19, within a month of Steve’s sighting.
The captain actually ducked as the object came towards his craft, so convinced was he that an impact was likely. He believes it passed within a few feet of his plane. The incident was reported to aviation authorities and then investigated by the UK Airprox Board, as a ‘near miss’, who have just issued a report on it. Meteorological balloons have been ruled out and the event remains a mystery.
Steve’s photo was described at the time by former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator Nick Pope as ‘one of the best’ he had ever seen.
So we asked Nick about the aircraft ‘near miss’. He told us: “Whatever one believes about UFOs, incidents like this nail the lie that the subject isn’t important, and show that the phenomenon raises important air safety issues. This was a key concern on the part of those of us at the MoD charged with investigating such sightings, and with the CAA.
“Unfortunately, there’s still stigma about the subject in the aviation community. Some pilots are fearful of the reaction from their airlines and deliberately avoid using the loaded term ‘UFO’, using instead code phrases such as ‘unusual aircraft’ or ‘unconventional helicopter’.”
As for Steve, says: “What I saw seemed to be travelling at supersonic speed. I hope these mysteries get solved in my lifetime – I’d love to know the truth. It’s really interesting to learn that a pilot also saw something.”
Have you spotted anything unusual in the county’s skies?