UFO sightings over Cliffe unexplained'
PUBLISHED: 17:44 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 23 August 2010
SECRET government records detailing sightings of UFOs have revealed a passenger jet had a near miss with missile-like object near Cliffe. Amongst the files released to the public by National Archives on Monday is a report of an Italian Alitalia pilot who
SECRET government records detailing sightings of UFOs have revealed a passenger jet had a near miss with missile-like object near Cliffe.
Amongst the files released to the public by National Archives on Monday is a report of an Italian Alitalia pilot who had a near miss with a light brown cylindrical object.
Records show the missile, about five metres in length, was spotted near Cliffe as the aircraft was flying from Milan to Heathrow in 1991.
In a written statement the pilot said: "At once I said 'Look out, look out' to my co-pilot who looked out and saw what I had seen. As soon as the object crossed us I asked the ACC/operator if he saw something on his screen and he answered 'I see an unknown target 10nm (nautical miles) behind you'".
Civil Aviation Authority and military investigations could not explain the incident and air traffic controllers at Lydd airport said the visibility was good.
It is not the only Unidentified Flying Object incident recorded in north Kent. In April last year scores of residents witnessed several 'burning balls of fire' hovering in the air around Singlewell, Northfleet and Gravesend.
They contacted the news desk after the exclusively revealed a sighting by Stacy Shaw, of Lower Range Road, Gravesend.
Miss Shaw had followed one of the lights from the Tollgate Hotel roundabout, next to the A2 to the site of an old BP petrol station.
She said: "When it got there it just shot up into the sky really quickly. That was the most amazing part. The way it moved so fast."
The near miss at Cliffe is among 19 files covering sightings between 1986 and 1992 that have been released.
Almost 200 such files will be made available by the Ministry of Defence over the next four years.
UFO expert and member of UFO Monitoring East Kent (UFOMEK) Frank Salmon, of Kings Drive, Gravesend, also saw the lights in Gravesend last year.
He said: "When I first saw them I thought they were meteorites. But then my daughter said, 'they are coming up from the ground daddy!'".