Cosford Incident

Date: March 30-31, 1993
Location: Cosford, UK
Appearance: Triangle, white lights at corners
Classification: CE 2
Sources: Nick Pope
Summary: Mass UFO sightings over Cosford

During the last two days of March 1993, there were mass UFO sightings in the United Kingdom, known as the Cosford Incident.

Hundreds of reports poured into local police stations and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Most of the reports were filed by police officers and military personnel. The reports described a noiseless triangular shaped craft, that had a tail of light, something like a vapour trail. A witness estimated the size of the UFO at 200 metres. The UFO also flew directly over two military bases, RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury.

On March 31, a group of fishermen observed the UFO. They described it as looking like a very large "Catamaran"; it had two long ski like sections underneath, about 400 to 500 feet apart, which appeared to be joined by a centre structure. From the rear they described a long beam like light source, something like a car's headlights dimmed. They also noted a group of cows in an adjacent field that were very restless. Just after the sighting, the cows were facing each other in the middle of the field and had gone very quiet.

A meteorologist at RAF Shawbury saw a solid object in the sky at about 200 feet altitude, slowly moving at 30 to 40 mph. He described it as a craft of more than 60 m long. He heard a low frequency humming sound coming from the craft. He claimed that the craft was putting out a narrow beam of light, that was tracking back and forth over the ground in a sweeping motion.

The MoD's case file on the incident ran to 105 pages of documentation. Nick Pope, the chief UFO MoD investigator, wrote to his superiors:

"It seems that an unidentified object of unknown origin was operating in the UK Air Defence Region without being detected on radar; this would appear to be of considerable defence significance, and I recommend that we investigate further, within MoD or with the US authorities."