See update below.
Originally published June 9, 2013
Oh, boy. What a combination.
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.
Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists.