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THE HOWDEN MOOR INCIDENT
by David Clarke and Martin Jeffrey
It was a story which could have been lifted straight out of a plot from the X-Files TV series: An unidentified flying object hovering in the clear night sky; callers jamming police switchboards to report a light aircraft skimming rooftops on a collision course with the hills west of Sheffield; RAF jets screaming through the sky as if in pursuit of something...And finally, a deafening explosion which sent gamekeepers rushing from their isolated cottage on a Yorkshire moor.
Did - as some have claimed - a UFO crash into or explode above the Howden Moors, on the border between South Yorkshire and Derbyshire Peak District, shortly after 10pm on the night of Monday, March 24, 1997?
Has the evidence for this “crash” been covered up by the authorities ever since? Is there a massive cover-up underway to hide the truth from the public?
Or was this “incident” simply the product of a series of unconnected events and coincidences including a military exercise and the misperception of natural and man-made aerial objects by a comet-sensitised public?
Whatever the source of the phenomena, it is clear that the authorities
took the initial reports seriously. The emergency services mounted one
of the region’s largest ever air and ground rescue operations in
response to a suspected air disaster - an operation which involved almost
200 personnel and cost in excess of £50,000. For 15 hours emergency
services from four different counties, co-ordinated by South Yorkshire
Police, were involved in searching up to 50 square miles of the most barren
Pennine moorland for wreckage from a suspected aircrash - a crash which
we now know never happened.
It is a story which begins on a clear, cold spring night in the Peak District National Park, a night when many necks were turned skywards in search of the spectacular Hale-Bopp comet which at that time was prominently visible in the night sky.
However, this particular night something else was stirring which would make this evening a very long one for the emergency services, and spark a mystery which remains a uncompleted jigsaw puzzle to this day.... »