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But Terry Phillips, a neighbourhood watch coordinator, who contacted 101 about the sighting, said there was no doubt in his mind that the sighting was an alien from another world.
MoD community relations officer for Wales, Peter Sinclair, said he was baffled by the incident.
“Nobody from the MoD was at the base at the time it happened,” he said.
“We couldn’t find any information about it. I would really like to know the truth of the story.”
South Wales Police Control Room Inspector Ann Johnson confirmed the air support unit had spotted an unusual aircraft.
“This was reported to the relevant authority,” she said.
The helicopter was above St Athan, which is home to an RAF base and close to Cardiff International Airport.
But three-man crew could not capture any images before the object vanished over the Bristol Channel on 8 June.
South Wales Police said the helicopter did not give chase and described the crew as very experienced. The sighting has been reported for investigation.
A police spokesperson said: "The crew are very experienced and responded in a professional manner in relation to what they saw.
"In today's skies, there are a wide variety of aircrafts which come in a range of different shapes and sizes and in all probability, this sighting has just confirmed that one of these was in the area at the relevant time," the spokesperson added.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said it had heard nothing about the incident.
Meanwhile, a Cardiff pensioner says he also saw something "peculiar with lots of flashing lights" on the same day.
George Withrington, of St Mellons, said he reported the sighting to police and was given an incident number.
The ex-RAF glider pilot said he was sitting in his garden reading a book on 8 June when he spotted the object at around 1620hrs.
"I was looking at an aeroplane overhead when I spotted this thing was in the corner of my eye.
"It shifted direction very quickly, in the blink of an eye.
"I looked at it for quite a while, I was watching it for at least 10 minutes. It flew off towards the east, towards Newport."
HUNDREDS of UFO sightings over Wales were reported yesterday after a mystery craft threatened a police helicopter.
Dawn Williams, 45, feared an Independence Day-style alien invasion when she spotted a sinister shape in the sky above Aberdare Country Park hours earlier, on June 8.
Well,actually they have in a fashion.In the Radio Five news report I heard they played the voice of one of the crew describing what happened but distorted his voice so his identity is concealed.
Originally posted by daddymax
So...if you saw a UFO closing in on you at a high speed, would you have the fortuitous ability to move out of the way, or would you soil yourself, and take the hit...
Actually I would like to hear actual accounts from the members of the police crew, other than they would be dead if they had not moved...I doubt we'll ever get their description though...
Dr. Who rocks...