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Did a Tornado crash while intercepting a UFO?


There certainly has been some dicussion going on wether or not the incident over Sheffield were UFO-related. Here's the report of one of the investigating ufologists Maxwell Burns. Clearly he's in favor of an ET-related incident. But whatever the reason for the number of strange occurances above the Sheffield area might've been, his report makes some interesting reading. We are sure you will be able to make up your own mind...

Date of Incident: March 24 1997 Time of incident: 21.45 - 22.15

Location of incident: The Peak District just out side of the city of Sheffield, England

Investigated By: Maxwell Burns

You may well be aware of a recent article that appeared in UFO Magazine titled, The crash that never was. This was a well written article but it was based upon and encompassed most of the research that I had collected and shared with the author concerning the events that occurred over the Peak district on March 24 1997. At that time I believed him to be a genuine researcher who like myself was in search of the truth. Gradually I came to believe that he was little more than a hard line skeptic, perhaps being used to, but certainly out to, discount and discredit results of investigations that draw anything other than mundane conclusions to "The Sheffield Incident" . The explanations that were given by both the author of the UFO Magazine article and the Ministry of Defence for what occurred are just not logical or consistent. As you read through my report you will see that the MOD have changed their version of events on numerous occasions.

These changes in tack by the MOD should not have been necessary if, as they now state, the events that transpired were the result of something as mundane as a low-level training mission. A training mission that, I must point out, should have landed at 21.20, the time it was booked to end. This strangely however is 25 minutes before the incident occurred, so were the jets seen at the time of the incident totally separate from those participating in the low level training mission ? If not why were they still in the air half an hour after they were booked to land?

The military are usually sharp and prompt when it comes to military timetables, they do not accept easily pilots who disregard orders. The question then begs, were the jets seen during the time of the "Sheffield Incident" involved in the training mission, which the military at first claimed took place over the North Sea ? Were they instructed to intercept the UFO? Would that not explain why they were in the air thirty minutes after they were supposed to have landed.

Before we get to the bulk of the incident I thought that it would be of benefit to let you know something about myself. I have been a UFO researcher for 10 years and have had an active interest in the subject since a sighting a craft at age 9. About ten years ago I started having some time and decided to look into the UFO subject making several good contacts around the world including Stanton Friedman, Wendelle Stevens, John Lear, AJ Gevaerd Professor Cope Shellhorn, Bill Uhouse, Dr Roger Lear, Derrell Sims and my dear friend Christine Sanderson (SkyGypsy). I also made lots of contacts in UK such as Graham Birdsall, Matthew Williams, Miles Johnson and Phillip Mantle as well as countless others. Most of my research was done privately but about 3 years ago I decided to go public with some of the things I had learned. Nina Pendread gave me the opportunity to be a contributing writer for Alien Encounters UK and I have written several articles for them. (Issues 13 - 17). I also work with some abductees in the UK. I am there to be a sympathetic ear to these people and although I cannot speak for all of the people who claim that they have been abducted, I am quite certain that the good honest people who I deal with are being sincere when they relate their abduction experiences to me. I believe the evidence shows we are being visited by Extra Terrestrials/Inter-dimensional/Time Travelers or other, one of the above or all of the above. Who knows but where they are from is not as important as the fact is that they are here is important.

On the 24th March 1997 in and around the Peak District just outside of Sheffield between the hours of 19.40 & 23.45 there occurred one of the biggest UFO incidents in recent years, involving a huge flying triangle, military jets, sonic booms or air explosions, A Bolide meteor, unmarked helicopters, glowing orange objects, and what I hope, when you have studied the evidence, you will agree is a conspiracy on behalf of the civilian & military authorities to hide the facts from the public about events that occured one cold cloudless night.

The evidence for "The Sheffield Incident"

Did a UFO destroy a Tornado jet killing the pilot? Are the civilian & military authorities covering it up? Investigator Max Burns speaks to local witnesses to find out what was happening over the Peaks that night. Emma Maidenhead witnessed a ufo over Dronfield on the evening of 24th March 1997 and rang me at 22.00to report what she had seen. Emma lives in Dronfield and is part of my local skywatch team. Emma described how she had just seen a ufo fly over the top of her house, the ufo was 200 to 300ft across, triangular in shape and at a height of around 200ft. It had pink/cerise type lights around what she described as the front and an almost blinding circular electric blue light underneath. Emma stated that "I could hear a sound similar to the noise an electrical substation makes but much louder, like wet power lines, a sort of humming." She had the ufo in sight for approximately 15 seconds and was under the impression that it was losing height. One minute before the ufo appeared two jet fighters appeared, then twenty seconds after the ufo and twenty seconds later yet two more, the fighters were flying at high speed at the same height and in the same direction. She also stated that as the ufo crossed over the house it lit up the whole street, bright as day. She also felt quite ill for about half an hour after the incident. Emma also witnessed helicopters and light aircraft in the area, in her words "It was like an air show. I have never seen so much air traffic in the sky at the same time." The sighting occurred at 21.45.

Desperate to get a closer look Emma came to my house and together we drove in the direction she saw the ufo heading. We cruised around the Pennines stopping and asking all and sundry who were out watching Hale Bopp if they had seen anything unusual. At about 23.45 we were stopped by a local policeman who clearly thought our behavior was slightly suspicious and he wanted to perform a routine vehicle check. The policeman who I now know to be PC Mick Eccleshare asked me what we were doing and I told him the truth, that we were out looking for a possible crashed UFO. Not expecting such a bizarre answer, PC Eccleshare was obviously taken back, in fact in 20 years in the force he said he had never heard that reply and felt that during his career he had heard them all. I asked him if he had seen or heard of any helicopter activity in the area to which at first he said no, he had not heard anything, then once the vehicle check was completed and I was about to get back in the car he said, "I don't know if this is any good to you but there have been reports of a plane crash over the reservoirs and at least 200 people have called in to report it to various police stations in the area." Grateful for the extra information Emma and I headed up to a vantage point above the Strines and Dale Dike reservoirs. From here we could clearly see a group of RAF Sea King helicopters working a search pattern using infrared cameras around the local area. The time was now 02.00 and we decided to call it a night.

UFO Tracked on Radar

The following day I was contacted by Mr. Rob Daniel's, whose family are currently still under the employ of the Royal Air Force. The son of a long time friend of Rob's parents and friend of Rob from before they started school together had received a telephone call from (alias) Dave who works as a radar operator in the Royal Signals at RAF Linton On Ouse. He told me that Dave had called him that morning and had told excitedly of how he had tracked a UFO on the radar screen at 21.55 for a ten minute period the night before (24th March). The UFO had apparently then shot off the screen. I asked Rob to re-contact his friend in the hope that I could access copies of the radar tapes and/or the radar log or any other information regarding the tracking of the UFO on the 24th March. Unfortunately by then military staff must have been briefed about the delicacy of the situation as when pushed for more information, the radar operator stated to his friend of 16 years. "I am not allowed to discuss it if I do I will be in breach of my national security oath." Rob Daniel's was adamant that he had never seen his friend behave like this before and believed that his friend was genuinely scared about the consequences of talking to members of the public about the UFO being tracked on radar.

Update: It has been claimed that the radar was not operating at RAF Linton On Ouse on the 24th March 1997. However this information must be dis-information as the circumstances regarding how I obtained the news that the UFO was tracked on radar preclude the possibility of the radar operator fabricating this information. This is due to the fact that there had been no media reporting of this incident apart from local radio in the Sheffield area and the radio signal from the local radio would not have reached as far a field as York. Also there had been no reporting on the local radio pertaining to any UFO reports at that time. As RAF Linton On Ouse is at least seventy miles from the incident and the information came to me at 09.30 on the 25th March 1997, the chance of the radar operator guessing the precise area and the exact time of the thirteen ufo sightings, which also coincided with the military activity in the skies over the town of Dronfield, the city of Sheffield and the surrounding rural areas. I believe is a statistical improbability, as far as I am concerned the radar operator from the Royal Signals at Linton is not telling the truth as he could not have made up such a precise story on a wild guess.(His identity is known to me but for obvious reasons is to be kept secret)

I then discovered that the military jets had been seen in the locality by two more witnesses Tony Megson and Paul Bradley. They had reported seeing two military jets flying at low altitude in the Shire Green area of Sheffield heading towards Dronfield at 21.45 on the 24th March. At the same time both sides of a local youth football team and their supporters, over 40 people in all, witnessed the jets flying over Dronfield. The jets could have covered the distance from Shire Green to Dronfield in less than sixty seconds. By using witness statements to determine the flight path of the jets it seems undeniable that they were following the trail of the UFO.

That same night the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh recorded two sonic booms or air explosions over the Sheffield area. The first was recorded at 21.52 over the Peak District area and the second was reported at 22.06. A full 14 minutes after the first. This I feel is vital to note considering that the authorities stated that the sonic boom was caused by a Bolide meteor. They do not mention the fact that there were two! The speed and trajectory of the alleged Bolide meteor and the laws of physics discount their explanation that a Bolide meteor exploded in the atmosphere causing a sonic boom. Will the authorities now claim that the meteor as well as exploding twice, managed to hang around in the atmosphere for a full 14 minutes after exploding for the first time? Will they now claim that there were in fact two Bolide meteors? Who knows, being that the military at first have denied that they had any planes in the air never mind in the area. Was it just coincidence then that these two booms occur at the time the radar operator states that he tracked a UFO on radar - between, 21.55 to 22.05? Could the booms have been one of the Tornado jets exploding then crashing into one of the reservoirs? Was there a hot pursuit going on? Something very serious indeed must have occurred for the RAF to deny even having any planes over the area. RAF Conisby have now changed their original statement about not having planes in the air that night to: "We had some aircraft in the air but they were on maneuvers over the North Sea." Well, from the North Sea to the Pennines in a Tornado Interceptor the journey would take only approximately 5 minutes, depending on their position over the sea at the time. I believe the jets were scrambled to intercept the Flying Triangle.


The RAF through the M.O.D through questions asked in the House of Commons by Helen Jackson MP have now changed their version of events again. They now claim that there was a covert low flying training mission over the Peaks on the 24th March 1997.


The M.O.D have once again changed their story regarding the 24th March, they now say that, as I reported, Tornado jets did leave RAF Conisby in Lincolnshire at 20.45 on the night of the 24th, the M.O.D have said that however they were not Tornado Interceptors, a squadron of which are based at Conisby but Strike Tornado's which are based in Norfolk. The difference between these two types of plane is, the Tornado's based at Conisby have an elongated nose section which contains excellent radar for low level interception. They also claim that there were N.A.T.O Tornado's present as well but they do not specify which type. The M.O.D. have also added that Jaguar jets were present as well.

I believe that they have included the Jaguar jets into their statement because of there delta wing shape and slower flying speed. So as to debunk the five individual witnesses to the flying triangle by inferring that they actually saw the above mentioned and not a huge triangle craft as reported. I must say that unless a Jaguar is capable of flying at 40 mph at height of 200/ 300 ft and appears to be the size of a football pitch this attempt at debunking the triangle witnesses simply does not hold water. I must say that the fact that the M.O.D have changed their version of events on at least four occasions proves, as far as I am concerned, that there is without doubt a conspiracy to conceal evidence of something far more serious than a training mission over the Peaks and a pilot breaching the sound barrier a couple of times, logic must prevail that a cover-up of this proportions would not be warranted for something as mundane as what they claim.

At 10.47 the following morning the Seismology department reported that the sonic boom did not seem to have been caused by an impact of any kind but that evidence was still inconclusive. They said "It would depend on speed of impact and type of terrain where the supposed impact had occurred."

The sonic boom data

Air quakes or sonic booms travel at a speed of 330 meter's per second but during impact with the ground the seismic disturbance will travel much quicker, at 5.5 kilometer's per second. If the impact were into one of the many reservoirs in the area then the data would not reflect the 5.5 kilometer's per second. It is feasible that an impact into water would show a slower moving wave, possibly as the Tornado exploded on impact with the water it would only be at 330 meter's per second. The two close proximity sonic booms were registered at three monitoring stations. One at Haverah Park, one at Holmfirth and the other at the Leeds University monitoring station. Currently, over 300 sonic booms are recorded over the UK every year by the British Geo. Survey. Not all booms are picked up, as their registering depends on their strength and magnitude.

Concorde will provide a sonic boom but that is generally heard over the English Channel, not over Sheffield. RAF jets do also and apparently so does the infamous Bolide meteor.

(sorry not available in this document, needs scanning in) As you will see from the seismographs of different sonic occurrence over the UK, which have been supplied by the British Geological Survey, the first sonic occurrence happened over the English Channel on the 6th November 1997 at 18.49 utc and is the possible sonic trace from Concorde. The second sonic occurrence happened off the coast of Co. Durham and Cleveland on the 7th November 1997 at 10.34 utc. and with further inquiries by the B.G.S to the air complaints people at Rudloe Manor second home to Matthew Williams (Truthseeker) they confirmed that the sonic boom was possibly due to a squadron of RAF jets going supersonic over the North Sea. The sonic boom on this event actually set off the earthquake alarms at the nuclear power station.

The third sonic occurrence is from the second sonic boom that occurred on the 24th March 1997 over the Peaks at 22.06, after consulting with the relevant authorities at the B.G.S. and the statement that the readings seemed not to show an impact of any kind, but if a Tornado jet had exploded or impacted with one of the many reservoirs in the area then the data would quite possibly represent this. With regard to the Bolide meteor, having made extensive inquiries with regard to Bolide meteor's, I have been unable to find any other instance where a Bolide meteor has exploded and caused a sonic boom, so it would appear that we have a first in the world occurrence with regard to the Bolide meteor phenomena!!!

More evidence to prove the apparent close proximity of credible UFO sightings and the Bolide meteor phenomena. (Another cover story) On Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at 6:30 p.m., a UFO described as "a ball of light of a yellow-greenish color with a long bright blue tail" crossed the sky in a descending trajectory over Lombardia province. The UFO was seen by hundreds of people in the cities of Bergamo, Brescia, Asola, Parma and Mantova before disappearing over Lazio. Italian scientists dismissed the object as "an unusually bright bolide." Exactly one week later, on Wednesday, February 18, 1998, he phenomenon repeated itself," and again the luminous yellow-green UFO with the blue tail flew over Lombardia "in an oblique descending trajectory" and "was seen by hundreds of people." Now everyone in north-central Italy is talking about 'il Bolide del mercoledi (the meteor of Wednesday) and looking for a repeat appearance. (See the Italian newspapers Il Messagero, Gazzeta di Parma and Gazzeta di Mantova for February 19, 1998. Grazie a Renzo Cabassi, Carlo Cruciani, Roberto Labanti e Edoardo Russoper questo rapporto.) Source: UFO round-up

Statement from the USA Geological Survey ( bolide meteor characteristics) USGS - US Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center What is a bolide? \par There is no consensus on its definition, but we use it to mean an extraterrestrial body in the 1-10-km size range, which impacts the earth at velocities of literally faster than a speeding bullet (20-70 km/sec =3D Mach 75), explodes upon impact, and creates a large crater. " is a generic term, used to imply that we do not know the precise nature of the impacting body . . . whether it is a rocky or metallic asteroid, or an icy comet, for example. No mention of the bolide exploding in the atmosphere or causing sonic booms this must now completely debunk the authorities bolide meteor theory the facts of the night of the 24th March 1997 are not even consistent with a professional description of a bolide meteor. The evidence so far I feel, proves beyond any doubt that the authorities are involved in a conspiracy to conceal evidence. I know the military were there during the incident, inside the timeline and on the flight path. I feel the Bolide meteor theory is not at all feasible. In which case the Bolide meteor story is nothing more than a conspiracy to hide the facts about what happened one cold cloudless night over the Peak District on the 24th March 1997. These points will be covered in the conclusion.


It has now been confirmed that there was no space debris in the atmosphere that night which removes from the equation the Bolide meteor theory, proving that it was nothing more than a cover story. This is what I have been saying right from the beginning of my investigation. Sadly this is not the case of certain other so called researchers into this incident. However I have still included the Bolide data so readers can be aware that this cover story was in place right. From the beginning, RAF Fylingdales would have tracked any Bolide in the atmosphere on any night so The question is left why did the military leave the Bolide story to mature?

Police Inquiries

Three days later I discovered that the police had been making inquiries about me. They had traced my car back from when Emma and I were stopped by PC Mick Eccleshare on March 24th in Castleton. The check had revealed the fact that the car belonged to a local leisure company. They were contacted by the police on March 27th. The police asked the leisure company's area manager if, in his opinion, I was a serious UFO researcher. They also wanted to know my address, telephone number and what I had seen that night The area manager called me after the police had spoken with him, to inform me that the police were asking questions, the area manager had told the police that he just knew my name and did not know my telephone number or my surname. I called the police station and asked why they were so curious to know information about myself. The officer said that it was for the official report of the incident, when I asked him "What incident?" he said "The crash err, I mean alleged crash." I then stated to the officer that wasn't it a little unusual for someone to be making out an official report about something that the authorities said had not occurred and that considering that no crime had been committed on the night of the 24th March by Emma and myself, didn't he think that it was an awful waste of police resources to be tracking down a potential witness to gather information for a non event? It just seemed like a contradiction to me. After more phone calls to the officer PC Mick Eccleshare later on in the year, it became apparent that the official report to the incident is quite extensive and he has also admitted that the report is now held at South Yorkshire police headquarters.

My name is in the official report as is that of trusted UFO researcher Martin Jeffrey who helped in the early stages of this investigation by exchanging information with me, for which I am very grateful. I also appreciate his candid approach to this incident and the fact that he decided I was on the level when this case brought us in communication with each other.

Footnote.. }{There have been a lot of telephone calls into the police over this matter due to the appeal on local radio for information about the events of the night of the 24th March.

Mr. Morton and his mother Mr. Morton describes seeing a low flying plane traveling in a west south west direction and apparently having come from the direction of Deepcar. Both he and his mother commented on the low level of the aircraft and its low speed. He was able to see the fixed wing navigation lights and the silhouette of a small fixed wing aircraft from his home. He pointed out the height while it was due west of his home, where he last had sight of the planes navigation lights. A short while later he saw an orange glow followed by several plumes of smoke. Using a map I had with me he indicated the ridge formed by Outer Edge and Featherbed Moss which he believes to be the highest ground visible to the west and to be the ridge the plane passed over, he then pointed to Margery Hill and suggested that it was roughly at this location that he last had sight of the plane. He felt that it was on the west side of the Derwent Valley and that this would be the most likely place to start looking for any debris.

Bryan Haslam As the days went by I came across more and more witnesses to the strange events of the night of March 24th. The earliest recording of a sighting came from Brian Haslam who witnessed the UFO whilst on a train between Sheffield and Keighley, near Barnsley. Haslam states in the local police report that he saw a triangular shaped object hovering around the Barnsley area at around 19.40. The object had lights all around it and Haslam is adamant that it wasn't a plane. In the police log he stated to the police "There's no point in you looking for a crashed plane, it definitely wasn't a plane." "Thinks they were wasting there time".

Update: Due to questions raised in the Houses of Parliament on the 24th March 1998 by the labour MP for Hillsborough Sheffield, Helen Jackson. Several questions were tabled, one question in particular was.Were there any UFO reports to the police on either the 24th or the 25th March 1997?

The reply was given. There were no ufo reports to the police on either the 24th or 25th March 1997. As you can see, although there are several reports in the police log reporting ufo's this one in particular is very important as lights in the sky reported to the police may be mis-identifications and although unexplained and to the observer is a ufo it may or may not be something else, for example aircraft lights, however I am not aware of any aircraft that fly at extremely low altitudes with flying speeds of less than sixty mph or that use glowing orange lights. The Bryan Haslam report to the police is precise and the sightings occurred in daylight in which he describes exactly what the other witnesses to the triangle saw two hours later about ten miles from his location. and as we do not have anything here in the UK which is the size of a football pitch, triangle in shape and lit up all around with the ability to hover, this is a firm ufo sighting, not just lights in the sky, with its inclusion in the police log of the incident, it is ludicrous to discount this sighting just because it occurred two hours before the main aspect of this incident as some have tried to do. By definition, its inclusion in the police log of the incident is clearly a valid ufo sighting reported to the police on the 25th March pertaining to the night of the 24th March 1997. This confirms that Helen Jackson MP has indeed been lied to during the tabling of questions in the House of Parliament. The question then must be asked why is a Member of Parliament being lied to? Why have the MOD taken the stance that nothing occurred that night?

New Witnesses (Husband & Wife ) I have just been contacted by other witnesses to the flying triangle in the Parsons Cross area of Sheffield which is in direct line between Dronfield and High Bradfield, in the time frame in the flight path. Although I have not seen the full hand written statement from the witnesses it is apparent that these witnesses have also seen the triangle at very close proximity and described it as being the size of a 747 jet, apparently three jets flew over at high speed and low altitude, a few moments later the triangle appeared. It was, according to the husband and wife just after the triangle had disappeared from view that three more jets came over. All the jets and the triangle were at the same height and traveling in the same direction, at present I am waiting for the full hand written statement. "As soon as I receive the statement I will update you all".

Mrs. Dronfield Another witness was Mrs. Dronfield, an elderly lady who reported her sighting to the police. According to the police reports Mrs. Dronfield saw a cigar shaped object flying at a very low altitude towards Strines from High Bradfield at around 22.00. Her statement says the object was lit up more than a normal plane would have been. When I spoke to Mrs. Dronfield in person, more details began to unfold. She had in fact gone to her bedroom window with a pair of binoculars intending to look at Hale Bopp. However before she had had a chance, she noticed the UFO. It was glowing orange as it came across towards the Strines area and Mrs. Dronfield kept it in view for about twenty seconds. After speaking to Mrs. Dronfield I concluded that what she thought was a cigar shaped object could well have been the triangular object sighted by Emma Maidenhead but seen from a side view. Mrs Dronfield saw the object from side on at a low altitude, whereas Emma Maidenhead saw the object above her and so was able to see its overall shape. Both witnesses are entirely genuine and are certain of what they saw. Mrs Dronfield is an 80 year old lady who in her entire life has never had or felt the need to call the police about anything. She is intelligent and fully in control of her mental faculties.

Mr. Brassington {As, the RAF are denying that they had any planes in the air that night, I found it quite amusing that between the hours of 21.30 to 22.00 on the 24th March in Dronfield, a gentlemen named Mr. Brassington a former RAF officer reported to the police that "Two RAF jets came over low and fast then a twin engine plane circled twice over Dronfield." I am always pleased to see the RAF, or should I say former RAF, debunking the statement made by the RAF that they had no planes in the air that night. Mr. Brassington also corroborated part of the statement made by Emma Maidenhead that there were light aircraft in the area with the UFO as well as the jets.

Mr. Rhodes Another witness was Mr. Rhodes who said that at around 21.50 on the night of the 24th March he saw a glowing orange object going over the Ridgeway. He thought it was a UFO and had been looking for a UFO hot line to report it to. He also said that it was very unusual and very low. This was on the flight path between Dronfield and Strines

Sharon Aldridge and Joanne Here follows the full verbatim transcript of the hand written statement by Sharon Aldridge: I went out to photograph the comet Hale Bopp at Folly Boot Hill, with my friend Joanne. We had our backs towards the Strines reservoir, photographing when we heard a very loud strange sound. Joanne described it to the police the next day as the sound made by a giant kids windmill, very loud, we both looked behind us but saw nothing. Must have been after 22.00 by then. As we started walking back a helicopter circled us. We got back in the car and drove down to the Strines inn. There were three fire engines blocking the way. I asked what was happening and was told that a light aircraft had been sighted and gone down. We went to Joanne's for a cup of tea to warm up, it was a very cold night. We thought then that we should report the noise we had heard to the firemen. We went down and spoke to a different fireman and I said that I had heard that a light aircraft had gone down, and that we had heard a strange sound. The fireman said at first that it had been a jet that had gone down, and when I said that I thought it was a light aircraft he said yes that's what it was. He asked where the sound had come from and we told him, over by the Strines reservoir. He said that it had gone in the Strines reservoir but we hadn't heard a splash. A car arrived with what I presumed were plain clothed policeman. The next day the police questioned Joanne about the nights events. I was at work.

Local police called. At 22.34 local police received a report from the gamekeeper of an area of land that borders Strines. The gamekeeper and his wife had been watching TV, the adverts came on, they had been waiting for 'News at Ten' when they heard a loud explosion close to their house and watched as an orange glow descended over the area.

The Gamekeepers wife. (Verbatim transcript) I heard a big boom which alerted myself and my husband to go outside. The area was glowing orange when the police arrived. My husband helped the police look from all the vantage points, in the hope of locating, at that time what they believed to be a downed light aircraft. I'm still mystified by all I heard that night I don't know what to believe or think. My husband was not allowed to enter the moor which was very strange considering that there was a possibility of injured survivors of a plane crash on the moor and locating them and rendering medical help as quickly as possible should have been at the forefront of everybody's mind. My husband and I were very surprised at the authorities calling the search off so quickly. Later on the next day (25th March) we were visited by a senior police officer with pips on his shoulder who wanted to know what we had heard and seen that night. He also visited all the other locals in the area. I would like to say my husbands employer is a former Whitehall man with connections to the S.A.S. I'm afraid that if I say the wrong thing it could be detrimental to my husbands employment on the estate. My husband did say for a few weeks after their seemed to be Whitehall and Ministry types all over the moor. They were not the normal crag rats (fell walkers) they were wearing business suits with boots or Wellington's and Barber type waterproofs, not your normal fell walkers for the time of the year...

Dan Grayson

This witness had the Triangle in sight for a fifteen minute period in Stannington. The craft was hovering silently for about 10 minutes then it moved off slowly in silence, it was at least 200ft and it was being accompanied by a helicopter which kept a steady distance from the triangle. He felt the triangle, was being watched by the occupants of the helicopter. The helicopter did not have any markings on it of any kind. Dan told me that as far as he was concerned what he had seen was some The sighting occurred at 23.30 to 23.45, a full one and a half hours after the explosion was heard and this I feel is very important based on what the new age traveler revealed

Leicester Arkwright

This statement has not been corroborated. At this time further inquiries are still being made. The Sea King helicopters mobilized to search the area in an attempt to locate the 'plane' for example had not come from the nearby RAF base but came all the way from RAF Kinross in Scotland. Strangely enough this is the same RAF base that launched helicopters to investigate mass UFO sightings in Fife in 1992. Despite the official reason for police and military involvement, being that a light aircraft had crashed, none of the local airports reported missing planes.

Mr. Jonathan Dagenhart

After writing a letter to this man regarding his comments in the police log he telephoned me Here follows the edited transcript of my telephone conversation. I have left in only the relervent parts of the conversation due to space limitations

On 2/5/98 Time 11.10 am I had to call the witness back on another phone so as to set up the recording equipment the conversation went like this. He consented to being recorded.

Burns: Hello there

Dagenhart: Hello

Burns: So what happened that night? You'd been the Wales...

Dagenhart: Well, we'd been to Wales, Um on the way home, Um driving down Snake Pass and all of a sudden just coming up to the viaduct this man stepped out in front of us, flagged us down so we stopped, pulled over I was in the front of the minibus with the driver and another passenger so I wound my window down and he started speaking to us he said I've got to get to Sheffield, Sheffield and that's basically all he said.

Burns: Did he look in shock?

Dagenhart: Yer, he didn't seem to really know which way Sheffield was or what he was doing or anything and the thing is I said at the time when I rang the police he smelled of diesel fuel, well since then I've joined the airforce and I'm now working for the airforce and it \tab wasn't diesel fuel it was aviation fuel that he'd got on him.

Burns: Ah absolutely superb

Dagenhart: and I will put my money on that

Burns: You work for the airforce

Dagenhart: I work for the royal air force

Burns: Where do you work? as a civilian for the airforce

Dagenhart: No I actually work for the airforce I am paid by the air force

Burns: Really can I ask you what job you do?

Dagenhart: I'm a jet engine specialist

Burns: A jet engine specialist

Dagenhart: Yes

Burns: Yer and there were no vehicles in the area

Dagenhart: There was nothing.

Burns: And it was definitely aviation fuel

Dagenhart: yes

Burns: and you can substantiate that because you now work for the Royal Air Force on jet engines you now what aviation fuel smells like

Dagenhart: yes

Burns: And he really didn't know where he was going

Dagenhart: He didn't know where he was going it looked like he just walked off a hill

Burns: But as you work for the Royal Air Force on jet engines your absolutely 100% certain that it was aviation fuel not diesel

Dagenhart: yes

Burns: Thanks mate

Dagenhart: OK

Burns: Brilliant

Dagenhart: No problem

Burns: Bye

Dagenhart: Bye

It ,is without doubt that the military are involved in a large cover up regarding the attempted interception of the triangle, including conspiracy, the placement of cover stories and debunking of witnesses, however with this damming evidence from a member of Royal Air Force who encountered the pilot or the co-pilot on Snake Pass about an hour after the explosions occurred, stinking of aviation fuel within three miles of Howden Moors, and as his job with the Air Force is as a jet engine spec This, I feel places the M.O.D in a difficult situation, as I have checked with all local filling stations and they assure me that there is not much call for aviation fuel in the Peak District and if there was, most people would put the fuel in a plane and not take to wearing fuel as a fashion item while out walking.

Update: Mr. Jonathan Dagenhart

Telephoned me on the 12th of May at approximately 11.30 and sounding very flustered with a shaky voice informed me that I had twisted what he said and he no longer wanted to have his name put to his original statement. He has also spoken with Mr. Phil Taylor at the News of the World informing him that he was going to lose his job over the statement that he had made to me. May I add that Mr. Dagenhart is under the employ of the RAF where he works on jet engines and when I questioned him about who had spoken with him about this he just said a source. I further questioned him as to whether it was his employer the RAF who had silenced him and he replied that he could not say on that he ended the conversation and was very upset.

I hope you all agree that for someone to turn around from being "not bothered" to "going to lose my job" , adds more weight to my case. Why would the military be pressurizing a member of their workforce to retract a statement about something they claim has not occurred. I reiterate to you all I have the Dagenhart tape and he made all comments freely and without prompting and this pivotal piece of evidence has been copied and sent to the four corners of the planet. The RAF are trying to make someone retract a statement about something that they claim never happened anyway WHY ?.

The RAF had also been in touch with the Civil Aviation Authority on 24th March who set up a Dangerous Flying Zone within a ten mile radius of Howden Moors. Manchester air traffic control were made aware of the restrictions and had to adjust flight paths to compensate. More puzzling still is that although there are several witnesses to Tornado jets flying around the alleged crash site, none of the local RAF bases would admit to launching the fighters. at first One witness reports seeing six Tornadoes take off from RAF Conisby in Lincolnshire at 20.45 but officials at the base deny that they had any aircraft in the air that night. Since neither the Sea King helicopters nor land based search teams managed to find any plane wreckage, the authorities later retracted their story that a plane had come down and reported that a Bolide meteorite had been responsible for the explosion heard by the gamekeeper and his wife. They also stated that the meteorite was also responsible for the sonic boom detected by the Edinburgh Seismic Unit.

Would the authorities really have involved Sea King helicopters, Tornado jets, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Air Intelligence Service, over two hundred rescue workers, three police forces, a body recovery specialist and the local coroner just for a crashed meteorite? Of course not. The authorities must have thought something much more serious had occurred in order to drag all these people out of bed in the middle of the night! Then of course there is the numerous witnesses to the UFO itself, they are all adamant that the object they saw was neither a plane or a meteorite. There are actually enough reports of sightings to track the flight path of the UFO to the explosion at Strines. So what really caused the explosion? A military jet shot down by a UFO? or the use of E.M.P weapons causing the jet to malfunction?

E.M.P Weapons

There is back up data to substantiate the affect of EM weapons from various Russian and American servicemen including 1971 aboard the USS John F Kennedy CVA-67. For your information:

1.Fact..Airborne ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) can knock out enemy radar, blanketing it in high powered radiation and causing complete loss of screen images, or confusing it with multiple plots. .Fact..EMP from a nuclear burst known as a 'click' it can destroy radio, radar and electrical circuits, or simply stop them working for a while, depending on the strength of the burst. During the incident onboard the USS John F Kennedy CVA-67 On board the ship they tried to launch two F-4 Phantoms but they could not use any radar on board the ship or navigation equipment. In fact for twenty minutes the ship was effectively dead in the water while it was in close proximity of a large UFO which was glowing 'orange' after the disappearance of the UFO control of the ships systems were restored, if this happened to a computer controlled RAF jet while in contact with the orange UFO this would explain the cover up.

The numerous reports of the disabling of nuclear warheads include "Bentwaters 1980 " also in Montana 1967 over a minuteman missile site which the military believed could have been down to an EMP weapon. The warheads went off-line when a glowing orange UFO was seen over the site... It is hardly suprising that the government wish to suppress this evidence.

The point I am making is that at each of the above mentioned incidents around the world the use of E.M.P weapons have been considered as a distinct possibility Each of the incidents the reports all talk about a glowing orange UFO, and with at least 6 witnesses who although did not see the shape of the triangle due the sightings not being as close as others who saw the triangle they all said that the object was glowing orange. We can be certain that a flying triangle was sighted, an explosion occurred and that the Military have lost a jet during this encounter the authorities are trying to cover up their involvement.

Police Mix Up

Hospital On Full Alert

If no plane crashed why was the nearest hospital was put on full alert and why were staff briefed to receive plane crash victims? They were understandably mystified when they were told to stand down several hours later. Then when some of the nurses at the Hallamshire hospital asked what was going on they were fobbed off and told not to discuss the evenings events with anyone. Why?

Search Teams To The Rescue

Sightings Time Line

19.40 Bryan Haslam Saw a triangle shaped object hovering

20.45 Tornado Jets witnessed leaving RAF Coningsby

21.45 Tony Megson & Paul Bradley witnessed jets heading towards Dronfield

21.45 Mr Brassinton saw jets and light aircraft over Dronfield

21.45 Both sides of a local football match saw jets over Dronfield

21.45 Emma witnessed the UFO, jets, light aircraft, & helicopters

21.50 Mr. Rhodes witnessed a glowing orange object

21.52 The first sonic boom is recorded over the Peaks Husband and wife both saw the triangle being pursued by jets

21.55 The UFO is tracked on radar for 10 minutes

21.55 Mrs. Dronfield saw a cigar shaped object glowing orange

21.55 The Gamekeeper & wife heard a loud explosion & saw an orange glow

21.55 Mr. Morton & mother saw an orange glow & smoke plumes

22.00 Sharon Aldridge & Joanne hear a very loud

22.02 Sharon Aldridge & Joanne are circled by a unmarked helicopter

22.06 The second sonic boom is registered

22.30 P.C. Alan Jarvis Though he saw Hale Bopp moving across the night sky

23.00 Mr. Dagenhart, encountered a man at Ladybower stinking of aviation fuel

23.30 Dan Grayson had the triangle insight for 15 minutes & helicopter

I hope you can see from the time line of events over the Peak district that this covert low flying training mission is not acceptable as an explanation as to what has transpired on the 24th March 1997

I have only included a few of the extracts from the police log of the incident, for those of you who have not seen a police log so as you can be aware of what the document looks like. However the full report of the incident contains the full log and if you wish to obtain a copy of the full report then details are provided at the end of the article.


The apparent lack of M.O.D interest in the UFO subject and flying triangles in particular could be taken as a rebuff to the many hundreds of sincere and concerned witnesses who have reported their sightings and encounters during recent years