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A BRITISH expat is convinced she saw a UFO hovering above the Costa del Sol. Mary Ann Whyte Wood, 61, a retired company director from Berkshire, saw what she described as a large, gold, cigar-shaped object. She believes it was the reason three Spanish fighter jets – and a helicopter – were scrambled in the area in the middle of the night over Easter. She told the Olive Press the ‘spooky’ object had a kite-shaped sheet below it which pulsed with red and green flashing lights. She insisted it hovered for around three to four minutes before disappearing in the blink of an eye. “I was gobsmacked,” the widow, who lives in Benahavis, explained. “My son-in-law is a senior commercial pilot and my daughter is training to be one so I know what a plane looks and sounds like, but I’m at a loss to explain what it was.” Clearly startled by the incident, she continued: “It sounded like a huge industrial tumble dryer, I have searched on the internet but I can’t find anything that looks even remotely similar.”
Her neighbour Alison Woods, who is married to a former RAF engineer, confirmed the strange incident. “I heard something very strange that night, that really was not a normal plane,” she said. “Curiously my husband saw something that matched the same description while he was serving in Cyprus in the 1990s. “He reported it to the airbase but they said there was nothing on the radar. “Of course, he was made a laughing stock the following day but he is convinced that what he saw can’t be explained,” she added.
The sighting came at 5am on Easter Sunday at the same time loud fighter jets – probably Eurofighters – caused panic among expats along the coast. Hundreds of people called and emailed the Olive Press to enquire about the incident. DJ Maurice Boland, from iTalk FM, was one of the first on the phone on the Sunday morning. “It was frightening, I thought something was going to crash into my house,” he said. “My grandchildren were crying, the dogs were going mad and I could see lights going on in houses all over the place.” Many insisted that as well as the planes and a helicopter, there was clearly something else flying around. While their motive remains unclear, one expat James Harnetty, 30, from London, claims the jets appeared to be searching for something. “The jet I saw was definitely after something, or trying to protect the coast. “It looked like a Eurofighter and I could hear a helicopter in the area as well,” added the health shop owner.
Police in Marbella said: “We have been contacted by many worried citizens, we have only been able to find out that the flights had authorisation, but we don’t know any more.” Police in Estepona also confirmed they had received a large number of calls but admitted they were equally baffled. A spokesman for Malaga Airport’s operations centre was guarded, adding: “We are unable to comment.” A spokesman for nearby Gibraltar Airport said that it was unaware of any such activity as Gibraltar air space – which is only open from 8am-9pm – was closed. But finally a spokesman from the Spanish Air Force said a Spanish Eurofighter jet had been scrambled from Moron to intercept an unidentified plane flying without lights or a flight plan. “We do not know what exactly the plane was doing as we were unable to locate it, but the most probable explanation is it was a plane from Morocco carrying drugs.” But residents remain sceptical given the cost to mount such an operation. Reader Richard Jones added: “I am not convinced. I cannot understand why the Spanish media are not mentioning this. This incident woke up thousands of people on the coast and caused a lot of stress and worry.”
Originally posted by bsalert
Yes, the cigar shape object in the youtube video is def what i saw in south wales 3 times the same day as the Bath ufo pics shaped like a cigar or now i have read it here a rocket shape but to much width for a normal rocket
Originally posted by bsalert
What is the weather like at GCHQ today? you read reports of government employees discrediting ufo reports, your comments are over the top me thinks
Originally posted by bsalert
didn't see it, so it didn't happen, what a great investigation, well I saw it and I saw it 3 different times that day and it did happen
Originally posted by dashdespatch
reply to post by stumason
How do you know it uses that engine? its not mentioned on the bae web site
Originally posted by KROandSOTV
If it was a sonic boom by these jets the sound has covered an area around 1000 square miles approx.
How far away can you hear a sonic boom,If i was in a area say a desert and 2 jets went super sonic how far would i have to be from them before i couldn't hear them 50miles 100 miles,How many decibels is a sonic boom does it vary on different planes due to size weight.
I live in Birmingham must admit i didn't hear it ,no one i spoke to about it heard it,and most of my friends come from all over the Midlands
Originally posted by FireMoon
Note that some months later and no details of the helicopter that hit the panic button, who was flying it, who owned it etc etc. Nada, zilch classic case of the MOD hoping, if they simply don't say anything more, it will just go away.
Knott said, “We left Aintree before the last race and were on the outskirts of Bath when suddenly two jets came out of nowhere, swooped up from underneath us, and sent the helicopter around 30 or 40 degrees. The pilot told us to hang on because we were going to catch the turbulence, and with that it was just like being inside a ping-pong ball, and even though we were strapped in I hit my head on the roof. It was lucky it was an ex-military helicopter because he said had it been an ordinary helicopter we would have been killed.” The pilot, Knott’s friend Martin Perrett, landed safely, but was at a loss as to explain the apparent mayday call, as there had been no problems at all on the flight, and he had not sent out any call for help.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by tommyjo
Often, that "months later and still nothing" is trotted out on ATS as proof the original story was bunk, which is a fallacy of course. It's simply a case of them not bothering to look.