The Ministry of Defense files highlight a 1995 close encounter between a passenger plane and a UFO near Manchester Airport, which was officially reported to the Civil Aviation Authority by the flight crew in January 1995.
The pilot and first officer of the British Airways Boeing 737 recalled seeing a large gray object flying so close past the plane that it made them duck.
The pilot said that he was approximately 4,000 feet up over the Pennines mountain range, eight or nine miles southeast of the airport.
The pilot and the first officer said they saw something flashing past the cockpit window, describing it as a “lighted object fly down the right-hand side of the aircraft at high speed in the opposite direction.” An investigation back then failed to identify the object.
The released files include a sketch by a member of the public illustrating a UFO “20 times the size of a football field” that was said to be seen from the ground on the same day.