Stansted, one of the UK’s busiest airports, appears to be a new UFO hotspot following several near misses between planes and unidentified objects.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed the incidents, which include an invisible object triggering planes’ collision avoidance systems.
Last year, it was reported that a UFO reportedly came as close as 20 metres to a Ryanair plane after it took off from their airport.
The object did not register on the plane’s drone-monitoring equipment, but was spotted by the pilot.
The official report said the jet was travelling at more than 200mph and at a height of 4000ft.
‘The pilot saw an object which they describe as black, which passed within 20 metres of the aircraft,’ it said.
‘The plane was travelling at 230mph and the object was travelling from north to south.’
Another incident in the same year saw pilots reporting their collision avoidance systems detected an object about 500ft below them as they came into land.
An Essex police report, which was retrieved under the Freedom of Information Act, said: ‘Three aircraft reported an object was in their vicinity. Informant from tower reported that two planes have reported an object at about 500ft below them as they are coming into land on Runway 22, the closest being 20km away.
‘Approach (two-three miles out) when their TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system) alerted them to something at around 500ft. None of the pilots could see anything when they looked.’
Another incident reported in 2023, saw a report near the airport citing an ‘enormous cylindrical object flying very high in the sky’ and that it also had a ‘green luminescent glow’.
‘There was no sound, no smoke, no propulsion and it was observed for 10-20 seconds as it travelled very slowly and then faded away.’
UFO reports are not uncommon in bigger cities such as Manchester and London, but Stansted is around 40 miles outside the capital.
Between January 2021 and May 2023, 957 UFOs were spotted across the UK. In 2021 there were 410 sightings, 494 in 2022 and 53 in the first five months of 2023.
UFO expert Nick Pope, who used to run the Ministry of Defence’s UFO desk, has called for an investigation of the mysterious sightings at the airport.
‘These fascinating revelations illustrate that whatever one thinks about UFOs there’s a credible and serious flight safety issue involved,’ he said, speaking to the Daily Star.
‘When an object passes within 20 metres of an aircraft this is a very close call by anyone’s definition.
‘Even if people are skeptical and think this is all just drone activity it should be borne in mind that while drones can be flown as a hobby, or by surveyors, they can also be used in espionage and terrorism. Either way – and particularly in crowded flight paths – we need to identify all objects in our airspace.
‘This, and the other incidents revealed in this FOI response, shows that it was a mistake for the MoD to terminate their UFO investigation programme at the end of 2009 and suggests it’s time to reverse this policy.’
‘The King has a direct access ‘hotline’ to the top people when he needs it,’ said Mr Pope, now a broadcaster and journalist.
‘Here is someone who can lift up the phone and say “What’s going on in the US, I’ve followed the story with interest about the Nasa reports, reports from the Office of National Intelligence, the congressional hearing, the multiple UFO provisions in the defence bill, and I want a full, classified briefing”.’
Last month, a flight attendant shared footage of a ‘hot pink UFO’ that followed a Wizz Air flight from Luton to Poland.