Monday, Oct 20, 2008
A passenger jet coming in to land at Heathrow Airport had a near miss with a UFO, according to newly-released Ministry of Defence files.
The captain of the Alitalia airliner was so concerned he shouted “look out” to his co-pilot after seeing the brown missile-shaped object shoot past them overhead.
The mysterious incident near Lydd in Kent in 1991 was thoroughly investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the military.
But having ruled out the object being a missile, weather balloon or space rocket, the MoD closed the inquiry and left the matter unsolved.
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The unexplained close encounter is one of many recounted in military UFO documents now made available online by the National Archives.
Documents show the McDonnell Douglas MD80 aircraft was en route from Milan to Heathrow at 22,000ft with 57 people on board when pilot Achille Zaghetti saw the strange object 1,000ft above him.
He recounted: “At once I said, ‘look out, look out,’ to my co-pilot, who looked out and saw what I had seen.
This article was posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 at 4:37 am