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Re: UFO ROUNDUP Volume 2, Number 37 - Scottish

From: Graham William Birdsall <106151.1150@compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 07:17:24 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 10:03:58 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO ROUNDUP Volume 2, Number 37 - Scottish

>UFO ROUNDUP
>Volume 2, Number 37
>September 28, 1997
>Editor: Joseph Trainor

>STRANGE LIGHTS SEEN OVER
>SCOTLAND'S EAST COAST

>     On Monday, September 22, 1997, at 11:30 p.m.,
>people living in Tyne Tees and other communities
>along Scotland's eastern shore reported seeing
>"bright objects of various sizes, emitting light."

>   According to Richard Gall, Scotland's director
>of Skywatch International, "Lights were observed
>shooting across each other, and then witnesses heard
>several loud explosions followed by light flashes and a
>crackling sound."

>   One woman reported seeing "what appeared to be
>a comet with a red tail."  The UFO approached to within
>300 meters of her.

>   Scotland's Rescue Service dispatched a lifeboard,
>to reportedly search for survivors and debris from "a
>mid-air collision."

>   Edinburgh University stated that the incident may
>have been caused by a bolide, or exploding meteor,
>that scattered fiery debris over a wide area.

>    Craig Lindsey, spokesman for the UK Ministry of
>Defence at RAF Kinloss, said the military were
>"checking the area" and had begun "an investigation
>into these reports."  (Many thanks to Richard Gall of
>Skywatch International for this story.)


This was an extremely interesting event in every sense.

We had conflicting statements about the time-frame:

Senior scientific officer Alan Pickup of the Royal Observatory
in Edinburgh said the object was almost certainly a meteor -
up to the size of a suitcase.

"It would have been travelling at anything from 10 to 50 miles
a second. It is certainly a very rare event. A meteor big enough
to be seen in Scotland during daylight has not been seen for
some time," said Mr. Pickup.

The official Ministry of Defence explanation now offered is that
the event can be put down to the re-entry of declining Cosmos
2343 - a satellite which burned up in the atmosphere.

I by-passed RAF Kinloss and spoke with one of the flight crew
who were scrambled from RAF Boulmer late Monday night.

Interestingly, they didn't stand down until between 9.00am - 10.00am
the following Tuesday morning. Later that same day, crew from a
lifeboat reported "downward lights" coming into the sea...

The RAF individual concerned said it was "..real War of the Worlds
stuff."

We have further quotes of interest, including comments made by
Squ. Leader Paul Rayfield, senior operations chief at the early
warning ballistic missile facility at RAF Fylingdales, home to the
world's most sophisticated radar, in which he states:

"The Ministry of Defence are saying the object was Cosmos 2343,
but we can't categorically say that this is the case."

A feature will appear  in our November/December '97 issue of UFO
Magazine (on UK newsstands 24 October).

* Apologies to those who have tried to reach me over the last couple
of weeks, my absence was due to devoting much of my time to the Leeds
Conference (19-21 September) and catching up in other areas.

Please note that I will be in Brisbane, Australia, between 14-21 October
but someone will be here to download messages in my absence.

Best regards,

Graham W. Birdsall (Editor)
UFO Magazine [UK]


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