Flying saucers, Scientology, The Sun, OH MY! (UPDATED: Sun apologizes)

See update below.
Originally published June 9, 2013

Oh, boy. What a combination.

Flying Saucers Spotted Near UK Scientology HQ – IBTimes UK.

Three passenger jets flying near Gatwick, London’s second airport, had a close encounter with Unidentified Flying Objects shaped like flying saucers, a new report has revealed.

As the planes came in to land on 30 December 2012, the pilots reported seeing two discs hovering above the airport. The first to raise the alarm was the pilot of a Boeing 777, who reported spotting “two flat silver discs” at 0853 GMT.

According to The Sun, just minutes later, the crews of a Boeing 767 and an Airbus 319 observed the same “saucer-like” shapes. The crew of the 777 also claimed that they looked “man-made” and “toy-like”.

Their claim has been confirmed by air traffic control staff, who said that six UFOs had appeared on their radar before suddenly vanishing.

Red flag #1. This is an exclusive from The Sun. The reports are not included (which may not be unusual) but I can’t see a source for the information other than Nick Pope.

Therefore, there is nothing to go on this case.

But it’s a nice twist that they connect it to Scientology. The NY Post notes: “The encounter came the day before Scientologists supposedly carved messages to aliens in an “alien space cathedral” in the hills in northeastern New Mexico.”

What one event has to do with another is lost on me. So is this silly story. And once again, a comment is included that suggests pilots are superior witnesses (not valid). But it has been a slow news day…

The report is being circulated among other websites but no additional information is being added. That’s red flag #2. Where is the confirmation? I’d wait for a better source to pay any mind to this.

UPDATE: (13-June-2013) This story was good for a laugh. It just got better. The Sun apologizes for the story after Scientologists got mad.

U.K.’s Sun mocks Scientology with apology to alien lifeforms | Poynter..

Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists.

  6 comments for “Flying saucers, Scientology, The Sun, OH MY! (UPDATED: Sun apologizes)

  1. Fortean UK
    June 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Have you tried contacting Paul Sims at The Sun to find out where he got the story?

  2. RDW
    June 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    We should unleash a full scale nuclear attack, just to be sure. After all, if Scientologists have Flying Saucers, who knows what they might do ??

  3. June 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I’m not a reporter. I really am not equipped to do that.

  4. Brian
    June 10, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Sounds like the scientology people made some ufo remote control toys, and did this for publicity. I’m willing to bet this is less a UFO report, and more a criminal affair.

  5. June 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    None of the articles I looked at had a link to the source but a commentor on Above Top Secret provided one to an 84-page compilations of reports of the UK Airprox Board. I have excerpted the three-page report on the December 30 incident and uploaded it to Scribd.

    UK Airprox Board report 2012-175 (three pages)

    UK Airprox Board April 2013 compilation (December 30 incident is on pages 32-34 of 84 pages).

    Don’t ask me to explain the air tech jargon.

    But I will say Nick Pope is not a reliable analyst.

    He has previously endorsed CGI hoaxes in the Sun (then quietly backpedaled when exposed)

    Pope has also hyped alien attack scenarios, statements later revealed to be part of a paid publicity stunt for a video game!

    And Pope has vastly overstated his government activities.

  6. June 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    The Sun apologised to the aliens not Scientology though, hilarious.

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