Model helicopter revealed as source of UFO mystery in Hinckley, UK
From Hinkely Times:
THE MYSTERY UFO sightings have been solved after a heli-lot of fuss.
Local UFO investigators believe the sightings of the strange flying blue lights over the Hinckley area on August 23 was a model helicopter, yet some are still convinced there was an alien presence.
After launching an investigation, the Hinckley branch of the Leicestershire UFO Investigation Network (LUFOIN) received a further 35 witnesses claiming they had also seen the flashing object in the sky.
A LUFOIN spokesman said: “It is now becoming clear that what was actually spotted in the skies that night was something quite explainable.
“We are now reliably informed that the object that caused all the fuss on this occasion was in fact a large model ‘quad copter’. Quad copters are a relatively new aerial device to be seen in our skies.
“Basically they are model helicopters but with four small rotor supports arranged in a cross-shape and it seems owners enjoy flying them at dusk in open areas after attaching various bright lights to them.
“The quad copters can then look very strange as they hover and circle in the night sky and without producing much sound. They are available on the internet and from specialist outlets.”
Many witnesses also claimed their mobile phones died when they tried to film the object.
The LUFOIN spokesman added: “Mobile phones work fine for normal daytime photography and can be very reliable however, at night certain mobiles can give quite poor results and a safety cut off is sometimes the result.
“Various witnesses were so adamant that they knew what was going on that they stated that not only had they seen the alleged UFOs, they had also seen or met those who were launching them.
“So far, it has been established that one operator was situated in Burbage on the date concerned, with apparently another two persons situated in the Burbage Common complex at roughly the same time. Whether or not these persons were connected in any way is not certain, and it may all just be coincidence.”