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A UFO expert has shed light on a mysterious UFO sighting over Skegness in 1996.
It was recently revealed in “Britain’s X Files” that mysterious lights were seen over the coast for up to seven hours but the RAF were told to ignore it – as it was “overruled at the highest level”.
The incident happened on October 5, 1996, where red, white and blue lights were seen and radar readings were also recorded.
Nigel Watson, who has written the Haynes UFO Investigations Manual, believes there may be an explanation for the incident at Skegness.
He said: “It looks like a combination of factors where there has been radar returns and sightings, but the two don’t match up together.
“There are three separate locations where the light had been seen and this didn’t match with radar data and that’s the problem with the case.
“What seems to have occurred is the lights in the sky were probably Venus.
“A bright planet can look quite stunning in the sky.
“Radar returns were probably a return from a local church spire which may have caused the signals.”
Mr Watson added that the RAF justified not scrambling to the incident.
He said: “The RAF concluded they were right not to scramble jets that night and that ‘research has not revealed evidence that alarming or extraordinary events were being witnessed’.”
He added that psychology also has a role to play within sightings of UFOs.
He said: “I think over the years there is a lack of solid evidence – there are eyewitness accounts but no one has come across a flying saucer, or it has been retrieved by the government and taken away. So you begin to think it’s more to do with psychology and social setting.
“There was a fear of enemy invasion when people started talking about UFOs.
“The Skegness incident sounds like an important one as it has the relatively rare element of simultaneous visual and radar sightings.
“Like many such incidents, the situation can be very confusing at the time and a combination of factors can make people think we are on the verge of an alien invasion.
“In the cold light of day the nation was not at risk, but it does show that when people are looking out for UFOs, an innocent star or planet will fill their imaginations.”