An Alderney UFO Sighting of two UFOs is seen by airline pilot, Captain Ray Bower. The size of the largest is estimated to be 1.6 kilometers long. The objects are spotted by radar and by another pilot. Some passengers and a pilot from another airline also confirm the sighting.
On April 23, 2007, at 2:45 pm, Captain Ray Bowyer 1 took off from Southampton for via Alderney Island (Alderney in English), north of Guernsey Island. After take-off, is heading in a straight line towards Alderney, the autopilot engaged. The weather is rather overcast, without precipitation, with a few gaps letting in the sunlight. The outside temperature barely exceeds 10 ° C. As we approach Normandy, the weather clears. To his right Bowyer can see the Casquets lighthouse. Behind the clouds, the sun is in front of him, at around 50 ° elevation.
1st Alderney UFO Sighting
At 3:09 p.m., while flying at 130 knots 2 30 miles from the island and over 4000 feet above sea level 3, Bowyer observes straight ahead an unidentified phenomenon. It was a very sharp, thin yellow object with a green area. He was 2000 feet tall and stationary. I thought he was about 10 miles away, although I later realized he was about 40 miles away from us. At first I thought it was the size of a 737. A 737 is a bit smaller than a jumbo jet. But he must have been much bigger considering how far away he was. It could have been 1 mile wide.
In fact, Bowyer initially thinks of a reflection of the sun coming from Guernsey, but seeing that the phenomenon persists, he decides to observe it through binoculars (x10). This is where he can distinguish more details of shape and color. The phenomenon seems stationary.
2nd UFO Sighting
Bowyer’s sketch in his incident report, outlining the unidentified objects seen. Bright yellow, fine, stationary. The size of a 737. 2nd object of the same shape seen behind the 1st at some distance. Bowyer’s sketch
At 15:16 (14:16 Z), as he continued his approach to Alderney, Bowyer needed a 2nd observation. It was exactly the same but looked smaller because it was further away. He was closer to Guernsey.
He adds :
I can not explain it. At first, I thought it might have been a reflection of a greenhouse at Guernsey’s grounds, but it would have vanished quickly. It was clearly visible for about 9 minutes (…) As I got closer, it became clear to me that it was tangible. I was reluctant to go to him for a better view but decided not to because of his size. I had to think about the safety of the passengers above all.
The phenomena, apparently descending, will be lost to sight in the haze. Bowyer will add that the experience had been rather frightening: I am certainly not saying that this is something from another world. All I’m saying is that I have never seen anything like it before in all my years of flying. Bowyer, a commercial aircraft pilot for 20 years, reported the sighting to Jersey ATC. Paul Kelly (31), the controller on duty at the time, indicated that the traffic in question was unknown. At 3:14 PM (2:14 PM Z), Bowyer still asks by radio if other pilots are seeing the phenomenon.
One of the 4 JetStreams flown by the other pilot
A pilot from another company, en route from the Isle of Man to Jersey, hears Bowyer’s call. Sitting on the left seat, he looks behind him and declares to distinguish at his 8 o’clock, slightly northeast of Alderney, and despite poor visibility due to the mist, a beige or yellow phenomenon. The Blue Islands pilot was on his way to Jersey at the same time described an object behind him to his left. The description was very similar to that of Captain Bowyer and they described the object as being in exactly the same place.
The Blue Islands aircraft was at 3500 feet at the time so, once again, the 2 pilots had placed it at the same altitude. If the object was stationary, our equipment would not have detected it because the radar would have ruled out.
The pilot was interrupted several times by operations to be performed on the instrument panel, but managed to get approximately 1 minute of observation, until he looked again and could no longer distinguish anything.