UFO messes up traffic at German airport (UPDATE: model plane)

This time, it was a real UFO, seen on radar and everything! It was eventually identified but not before causing disruption in the air and on the ground.

UFO disrupts travel at Bremen airport – The Local.

The airport said on Monday night that the UFO showed up on its radar several times over three hours from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Police said in a statement that they were alerted at 6.30pm about a UFO over Bremen and a patrol car also saw the object.

A helicopter sent up could not find it. They still do not know what it was but here’s a fine candidate:

On Sunday in the town of Zwickau, Saxony, an initially unidentified aircraft landed on a field behind a house.

Hours later it turned out to be a remote-controlled model airship.

This would not be the first time that a remote-controlled object caused problems for planes or resulted in UFO reports. Recall the skyshark? Anyway, this is almost certain illegal to fly such devices this close to airports or in restricted airspace.

UPDATE (21-Jan-2014) The UFO has been official identified as a model plane.

Police: Bremen UFO ‘was a model plane’ – The Local.

Bremen authorities believe that the model plane could have been controlled remotely from a computer indoors somewhere, although at this point there are no clues to who was flying it.

This incident may be considered a dangerous intrusion of air space. Not only did it create problems on the ground but could have been a hazard to aircraft.

This story is a good example of the trouble with reporting UFOs. It is far more likely to be a man-made thing but witnesses disagreed on what they saw and even thought the surveillance helicopter was the UFO.

Tip: Thomas Proffit

  4 comments for “UFO messes up traffic at German airport (UPDATE: model plane)

  1. January 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    There is now a site called dronestragram where they send photos & videos taken from minidrones. Suggest it’s another tool for crossref of dates & times for “UFO/OVNI” sightings. Local & national press here in France are starting to use them too, where access is restricted to some areas, naturally one being airports, & despite there being restrictions on the things, of course few seem to use them completely responsibly. Think this is going to rapidly become a bigger & bigger problem as time progresses & the equipment becomes cheaper, & more big boys’ toys start intruding in peoples daily lives. Yes being an airplane nut i want one too, but i’d never even risk using one near an airport, traffic, or built up areas where people are at risk of accidents.

  2. olo
    January 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I found an interview (Bremen public radio) with the spokesperson of German air traffic control. Some details seem to be different from what the “ticker-news” seem to repost: According to Anja Neumann (spokesperson) the object was neither tracked on radar nor was there any form of radio contact- but the object could be tracked visually at all times and was ” lit normally”. Commenting on the idea of it having been a drone, A.N. thinks it unlikely due to high speed winds at the airport. 2 Airplanes had to be put on hold, one of the two was rerouted to Hannover Airport the other one landed safely.

  3. Daja
    January 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Zwickau is 300 miles from Bremen. I would say these two events are unrelated.

  4. January 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Maybe the model plane was made by aliens…

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