Alderney UFO Sighting

April 2007
An aerial view of the Island of Alderney.
An aerial view of the Island of Alderney.

On April 23, 2007, Ray Bowyer, Captain of Aurigny Air Services flight GR544 to Alderney, the most northern of the English Channel Islands, along with five other passengers and at least two people on the ground, observed two cigar-shaped luminous objects in the distance for approximately 15 minutes.

Captain Bowyer initially thought that the first object was a reflection from greenhouses on the Island of Guernsey, or other natural phenomena. He described the object as yellow in color, cigar-shaped, bright, with a dark band around the center of the shape.

A passenger on the plane confirmed seeing it as well, and then pointed out a second craft or object in position behind the first. BBC Radio Guernsey reported that two people on the island of Sark observed two bright yellow objects in the sky while on a walk at the same time, and asked about the objects when they returned to their hotel.

Jersey Airport Radar Control recorded radar of the objects, which showed two objects over a 55 minute period. Reportedly, they appeared and then disappeared at the same time.

Captain Bowyer spoke at the U.S. National Press Club in 2007. During his talk, he stated, "This encounter lasted for fifteen minutes, and the first object being visible from 55 miles' distance. On nearing the object, a second identical shape appeared beyond the first. Both objects were of a flattened disc shape with a dark area to (their) right. They were brilliant yellow, with light emanating from within, and I estimated them to be up to possibly a mile across. I found myself astounded but curious, but at 12 miles' distance, these objects were becoming uncomfortably large, and I was glad to descend and land the aircraft. Many of my passengers saw the objects, as did the pilots of another aircraft, 25 miles further south."


Official Explanation

"Sun Dog" effect or secret military plane.

Counter Argument

2 unidentified flying objects.


Eyewitnesses from at least two locations; radar.

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