Pilots report light orbs near crop circle region of Great Britain
Two pilots reported an encounter with "two large square orange lights" over Great Britain on Thursday, February 14. Witnesses on the ground also reported sightings.
First reported by Gloucestershire Live, both pilots were flying for Air Midwest, a flight training company based in Wolverhampton when they spotted "unidentified nocturnal lights" between 8:15p and 8:45p local time over the skies of Gloucestershire.
The pilots were conducting night navigation exercises in separate aircraft at an altitude of 4000 ft. and 7000 ft. respectively when they "observed one red and one orange lights in the the sky south of Gloucester."
Both aircraft headed toward the lights but could not catch up with them. “Our aircraft approached the lights on an interception track but were unable to gain on the objects as they appeared to move further south of Gloucester as our aircraft approached."
The mystery orbs flew at times above and below the aircraft, sometimes appearing stationary and then traveling rapidly away. One orb was consistently orange while the other occasionally flickered from orange to white in color.
The pilots, with more than 25,000 flying hours between them could not identify the lights and ruled out balloons because of their speed and concluded that the flying objects, “defied our normal expectation of standard aircraft or meteorological activity”.
The pilots later shared their experience on social media, asking for explanations. A witness on the ground responded with their own sighting while driving on a highway.
"We saw that UFO while we were driving along the M5 bright light and VERY STRANGE movements. It looked like a fighter jet diving for low level it dropped very quickly while performing a series of tight turns then it just hovered."
The activity was about 40 miles northwest of the Wiltshire area, where crop circles and light orbs are often seen.
Original pilot report:
Pilot describes his close encounter I observed initially two large square orange lights. One on top of each but slightly off set, however, there was a gap in height between them. The top ‘orb’ was constantly orange. The lower one occasionally flicked white but majority of time was orange. In addition to that on two occasions I observed five orange lights but that was momentary.
I initially observed them when leaving Birmingham control zone. I thought they were just south of Gloucester and definitely a lot higher then us. We then climbed 5000 ft and they seemed level at that height and stationary. As we approached Gloucester, it became apparent they were now further south maybe beyond Bristol even as far as Weston-super-Mare but directly south of Gloucester[shire] airport. On our return leg up to EGBO (our home base) by Worcester we climbed 7,000 ft and commenced a turn to observe the lights. At this point they seemed lower than us in the same place and stationary. I have no idea what these objects were.
Night glow balloons? But unlikely as these do not move very fast at all. So what they were? We have no idea. An interesting event.