Wales UFO sightings were unexplained UFO sighting across south Wales in June and September 2008.
AM, June 8 2008, a
South Wales Police helicopter
with three experienced crew onboard was above MOD St Athan, an RAF base, waiting to land in
order to refuel. The Control Tower from the nearby Cardiff
International Airport had recently given the helicopter clearance to do so as they had no
reports nor radar evidence of any other craft in the
Whilst awaiting permission to land and hovering above the air base
at a height of about , the crew noticed a brightly lit object above
them. The crew described it as "flying
shaped". Then suddenly, the object hurtled down towards
them at "great speed." The pilot quickly took evasive action,
banking the aircraft sharply. The object then sped away and the
helicopter crew decided to give chase.
pursued the object at close to the helicopter's maximum speed out
over the Bristol
Channel until, not far from the North Devon Coast, their fuel level, which
was the main reason they happened to be above the RAF base in the
first place, became critical and they were forced to give up the
While the helicopter was equipped with state of the art
surveillance equipment, the object was not captured on film. The
crew have since stated that the object could not be seen with night
vision goggles but was "cleary visible" to the naked eye.
was also sighted by George Withrington, a retired RAF glider pilot from St Mellons, Cardiff.
reported seeing something "Peculiar with lots of flashing lights"
later that same day while reading in his garden at about 16:20
hours on June 8th.
"I was looking at an aeroplane overhead when I spotted this thing
that was in the corner of my eye. It shifted direction very
quickly, in the blink of an eye. I looked at it for quite a while,
I was watching it for at least 10 minutes. It flew off towards
the east, towards Newport."
The event received wide publicity in the local and national media,
including a front page column and full page spread in The Sun
newspaper. A source for The
said:"They [the crew] are convinced it was a UFO. It
sounds far-fetched, but they know what they saw."
A spokesman for South Wales Police said:
confirm the Air Support Unit sighted an unusual aircraft.
reported to the relevant authorities for their
"The crew are very experienced and responded in a professional
manner in relation to what they saw. In today's skies, there are a
wide variety of aircraft which come in a range of different shapes
and sizes and in all probability, this sighting has just confirmed
that one of these was in the area at the relevant time."
The Ministry of
has said it has "...received or heard nothing of the
incident...But it is certainly not advisable for police helicopters
to go chasing what they think are UFOs"
South Wales Police have officially, and vigurously, denied the
helicopter gave chase.
At present, the incident remains unexplained