UFO SIGHTING REPORT
September 19th 1996
West Yorkshire, UK
Date: September 19, 1996
Time: Approx 22:00
Location of Sighting: A647, between Queensbury and Halifax (West Yorkshire, UK)
Number of witnesses: 3
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Triangular
Full Description of event/sighting: Three friends and I were returning from a trip to see a film. As we drove, one of us noticed the object in the sky. It was impossible to determine the size of the craft as we had no way of telling how high above us it was. It was possible to clearly see its shape (a jet black triangle) against the night sky. There were no lights of any kind that we could see, so we assumed it was not a plane.
We stopped the car and watched the object fly slowly over us and behind a hillside, making further observation impossible. Judging by its speed, it seemed unlikely that it was a standard aircraft (and also judging by its shape and the lack of lights - the area is part of a flight path to Manchester Airport so we're well used to planes flying over, and know what they look for), and having seen a number of military planes fly over, it was moving too slowly to be one of those. There was also the fact that we could hear no sound from it.
It's true that there are people who own private gliders and motor-powered gliders in the area, but having seen those fly over my house before I know that we would have heard an engine. There's also the fact that anyone flying a glider at that hour in the dark would have to be suicidal.
It's possible that it was a stealth plane, although that seems highly unlikely in West Yorkshire, and I would have assumed that such a craft would have flown faster.
We ultimately observed the object for a period of no more than ten minutes, and we all agreed that not only had we never seen anything like it before, but that we had no idea what it was. At the time we didn't report it as we felt foolish claiming to have seen a UFO. There was no report in the local newspaper at the time either, so clearly no one else reported it! I only tell you now as I found your website this evening. (Incidentally, the only reason I remember the date is because I keep a record of all the films I see.)
I would be interested to know if any other such sightings have been made in the area. (I know that my cousins, who live nearby, and my next door neighbor, have all witnessed UFO activity in the sky, although none of them have ever seen a black triangle).
Thank you to the witness for the report.
Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research