A UFO travelling at 3000mph in Glenavy was
reported to the MoD in December 1989, newly released documents
from the Ministry have revealed.
And while the MoD suggested the object was a
helo' (helicopter), the person who spotted it dismissed such the
Letters between the two sides have been
released to the National Archives by the MoD as part of a series
of files on UFO sightings across the UK.
A total of 19 files covering sightings
between 1986 and 1992 have been made available online.
Reporting the sighting in Glenavy, the MoD said
in a letter it would be investigated for security reasons.
They stated: "We have been advised that there
were no reports of any terrorist activity.
"RAF Aldergrove has informed us that there
were no fixed wing aircraft in the area at the time stated.
"Two rotary wing movements occurred within
five minutes either side of the reported sighting.
"A Gazelle departed Aldergrove enroute to
south east at 16.40 and a Wessex enroute from Lisburn landed at
Aldergrove at 16.55.
"I suggest .. probably wtinessed a the
arrival or the departure of a helo at Aldergrove."
Such a suggestion was quickly dismissed and
the correspondent said: "Thank you for your letter concerning
the sighting of a UFO.
"I did not realise that a helicopter travels
in excess of 3000mph at Aldergrove Airport."
In another case, details were revealed about
UFO activity near Belfast International Airport in 1990 when it
was reported that a muffled sound was
In the letter the MoD suggested that the
Civil Aviation Authority make a report and the RUC should also
investigate the matter.
"If a muffled bang was heard there may be
recoverable evidence...I cannot comment on there being some form
of rational explanation of the sighting" says the file.
"We do not think we should draw on any
conclusions or assumptions for the sighting until the RUC have
carried out an investigation."
It went on: "HQ NI may be able to help solve
the matter which may relate to the discharge of a weapon."