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Case ID:

731

14 OCTOBER 2004 - CARDIFF

CARDIFF

Sighting,UFO

10 PM.


Mark A. was driving about four miles west of Cardiff.


'I was driving along a fairly busy road heading west just outside of Cardiff city. Something caught my eye, so I pulled over. I also noticed that other people, about 15 other drivers, had done the same and were now outside their vehicles looking up at what I just couldn't believe. At about 3000 feet was the largest flying object that I have ever seen. Something like, say the new Airbus A380, not yet in service, or a Boeing 747, that would have been dwarfed by it.


The crazy thing was absolute silence! We stood dumbstruck as this (UFO) thing moved slowly through the air almost directly above us. There was also complete silence from everyone observing this amazing event from the roadside. Other drivers were also stopping, and people were getting out of their cars to take a look. I am a pilot and have a fairly good idea of how motions of normal aircraft can 'trick' people into seeing a UFO.


This was in no way normal. There is an international airport located about four miles west of the sighting site. My next move was to telephone the Control tower at the airport and ask if anything unusual had just taken off. Air Traffic control said that a (Boeing) 737 had just departed a few minutes ago. This object was too big and too silent to be a 737. I then asked if they had anything on radar. "Nothing" they said. This thing was about the size of a very large container ship. It didn't have any visible wings or any other way of showing how it could stay in the air. If I saw it on the ground, I would bet money that it would not be able to fly.'


Mark then called RAF St. Athan.


'Again, "nothing". The weather was good with ten miles' (16 kilometres) visibility. There were light clouds at 500 feet (150 metres) and very light winds. I watched this object keep the same speed and height (altitude) and then it passed behind some mountains to the northeast of Cardiff.'


(Later) 'I saw a friend and told him about the sighting. He was almost speechless when I started to describe the same thing that he had seen moments after me. He had been out with a girlfriend and was driving home when he spotted the object from her passenger seat. They both got out of the car, along with the other road users who had stopped their cars.


Almost a reconstruction of what had happened five minutes ago, only it was happening now to the northeast of Cardiff city. His account is identical to mine in the size and height of the object, speed (about 50 knots). I would love to know what I and everyone else that night had seen. Colour/shape: the colour is hard to describe. Imagine seeing a car with dark paint, dark green or navy blue. Then imagine it at night in a dimly lit parking lot. That's about as close as I can get. It didn't have any lights but somehow it really stood out against the night sky. It was strange.


The size was close to a large freight ship or oil tanker. This is the hard bit, the shape. I can only describe it as being like the bottom of a boat. Sloping out from the centre and sloping out towards the rear end in a sort of V shape. It had rough edges with different sized parts of tubing sticking out from the sides.'

Mark saw the object approach from the west and saw it depart to the north-east, disappearing over the mountains to the north of Cardiff.


Source: http://www.ufoinfo.com/sightings/uk041014.shtml


Location on map is approximate.



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