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Originally posted by Lowneck
Although the sighting lasted only a few seconds, the quality of the official investigation, particularly by the excellent Anthony Booth, surely make this case one of the most convincing pilot sightings of all.
Interesting that only just over two weeks later, and not far south of the location of the pilots' sighting, according to Omar Fowler three witnesses reported a rounded triangle with bright lights around the edges hovering over a housing estate near Derby:
Jan. 6, 1995; Pennine Alps in Derbyshire, England
6:40 PM. A British Airways Boeing-737 flight with 60 passengers aboard was buzzed by a bright wedge-shaped object as it flew over the Pennine Alps in Derbyshire, England on its descent to Manchester Airport. The object appeared to be only meters in front of the airliner as it flew at 13,000 feet, and it was so close that the co-pilot instinctively reacted by ducking down inside the cockpit. It had small lights, made no attempt to change course, and made no discernable sound or turbulance. The object did not appear on radar. However, there was at least one witness on the ground to the close encounter.
(Sources: Curt Sutherly, UFO Mysteries: A Reporter Seeks the Truth, p. 194; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 47; Lynn Picknett, Mammoth Book of UFOs, p. 156; Michael Hesemann, UFOs: The Secret History; FSR, March 1995).
Catalogue of Military,Airliner and Private Pilots Sightings from 1916 -2000 (pdf)
NICAP UFO Chronology -1995
originally posted by: karl 12
SUMMARY OF INFORMATION TO JAS THE B737 PILOT reports that he was over the Pennines, about 8 or 9 NM SE of Manchester Airport, at 4000ft, while being radar vectored by Manchester radar on 119.4. He was flying at 180-210 kt on a N heading and squaking 5734 with Mode C selected. Although it was dark, visibility was over 10 km with a fairly strong NW wind (340/30). While flying just above the tops of some rugged Cu both he and the first officer saw a lighted (see JAS notes) object fly down the RH side of the ac at a high speed from the opposite direction. He was able to track the object through the RH windscreen and side window, having it is sight for a total of about 2 seconds. There was no apparent sound or wake. The first officer instinctively 'ducked' as it went by.
UFO Collision Course: 20 Years Later
In January 1995, one of the most talked about UFO incidents occurred in the skies of the U.K. Or, rather, I should state it was talked about for a while. Today, it’s pretty much forgotten about and seldom commented on. So I thought, why not bring the affair to your attention, right around the time of its 20th anniversary?
“A close encounter between a British Airways jet with 60 passengers on board and an illuminated, triangular-shaped, unidentified flying object at 13,000 feet above the Pennines is under formal investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority,” stated the Times newspaper on February 2, 1995.