Residents were dazed and confused at the sight of an unidentified flying object crossing the night sky. Around the same time, plane spotters reported that several planes were prevented from landing at East Midlands Airport on Thursday evening.
The UFO – which sported flashing colored lights – was filmed in the sky from a residential street in Long Eaton, reports DerbyshireLive.
The small flying object was hovering and had flashing red and green lights. Witnesses were unable to determine the nature of the craft in low light as they watched.
In video footage provided to Derbyshire Live, the object is seen hovering in the sky and filmed from South Street in Long Eaton. A viewer remarked “we could be on X-Files” as they filmed the craft for nearly five minutes.
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Bill Pearce, who took the video, said: “When I came home from a pool game my neighbor was outside waving at something in the sky.
“At first I looked outside and thought, what is it? Because it was changing color and what do you have. A few years ago, I saw a white light in the sky and it sped to one side and stopped then did it again to another and then it just took off and it wasn’t a plane but I didn’t never seen anything in the news about it.
“People seemed to think it was a drone when I put the video on Facebook and some comments said it was a plane but it’s not a plane because it didn’t make any noise.
“I believe there were issues which caused aborted landings at East Midlands Airport last night so they may be linked.”
According to Flight Radar, several planes had delayed landings at East Midlands Airport overnight Thursday June 9 and into the early hours of this morning Friday June 10. The plane’s flight path shows some were left circling the airspace over Leicestershire before being cleared to land.
Observers at East Midlands Airport speculated that the craft was actually a drone from the nearby Download Festival. Thousands of music fans arrive at Donington Park for the UK’s biggest rock festival which runs this weekend, starting today and running through Sunday. They speculated that a fan might have launched a drone.
East Midlands Airport was asked if the two incidents were linked.