2007 Alderney UFO Sighting

The 2007 Alderney UFO sighting happened on the 23rd April 2007 where passengers on board a civilian airliner saw views of what they thought to be 2 UFO’s. The whole event lasted between 12 to 15 minutes and the pilot noted that he had never seen anything quite like it in his 8 years of flying the same route each day.

The flight took 45 minutes and took them from Southampton in the UK to the Channel Islands. The crafts they saw seemed to be airborne but stationary and emitting a yellow bright light. Another pilot 25 miles away also confirmed that there was a presence in the area noted by the pilot and passengers. Even his radar showed that an object was present. Further studies were undertaken which could not find a link that was definite due to the fact reflections of radars on passenger ferries could have caused mis-readings.

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Just 10 weeks prior to the 2007 Alderney UFO sighting there was a sighting of two lights and then a further twenty five over the Alderney coast. Although the possibility of the sun reflected from a greenhouse below was put forward as an explanation, the amount of time the sighting lasted for meant that this reasoning was disbanded.

The onlooker felt that it was not a reflection that caused the sighting but instead a light emission. A shape could definitely be made out when he looked through his binoculars. A clear band could be seen like that of a cigar and it bore no resemblance to a normal plane. The onlooker contacted Jersey ATC to find out whether traffic in his direction could have caused it but only a faint radar signal could be obtained.

A passenger of the plane saw both shapes of what they believed to be UFO’s in close proximity. The shapes were flat and emanated a yellow light that came from inside of the crafts. They were estimated to be a mile in width. Another pilot reported the same thing from further away. The pilot urged other air crew to be vigilant and report any sightings whatever they deemed them to be as protocol. He felt the only way for the sightings to be looked into properly by thorough investigation would be if air crew made reports to authorities.

Even from the ground the 2007 Alderney UFO sighting was reported by the BBC Radio in Guernsey after two visitors staying in a nearby hotel asked hotel staff what the objects they had witnessed could be. The sighting was reported to be coming from Alderney and Jersey Airport had radar that recorded the whole incident and sent it to the CAA for further investigation. The record had been made on the airports low level system but unfortunately not on the secondary which is commonly used for controlling air traffic. Whether the radar station that was close to the Cap de la Hague which was situated near a nuclear reprocessing site had sightings is unclear.

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