The Sheffield UFO Incident - 1997

Monday March 24th 1997 was a cold spring evening with a bright full moon and clear skies above Northern England. Not long after dark, around the Howden Moor area of the Peak District, a series of peculiar events were about to unfold. The Hale Bopp comet was visible in the skies and had attracted a number of serious and casual observers to venture out. People in the nearby areas, such as Sheffield, reported hearing sonic booms, seeing bright flashes in the sky, low flying aircraft and lights throughout the night. There were even reports of a black, triangular UFO seen in the skies that night. It was later speculated that it was being pursued by RAF Tornado jet fighters as part of an intercept mission to add to the mystery.

Later in the evening a number of independent witnesses reported a single aircraft apparently crashing into the moor land areas to the east of the Ladybower and Howden Reservoirs and hearing a loud explosion. Was a UFO defending itself against the fighters, eventually forcing one down with some kind of exotic weapon? Did the crippled aircraft plunge into the Howden Reservoir or the soft peat moor lands nearby?


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