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UFO sighting in Essex, U-K., april 2003:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Essex Chronicle, Essex, England, on April 24, 2003.

Essex: UFO sighting in county skies

A UFO was spotted over Mersea Island just 90 minutes before a passenger jet pilot reported a similar sighting at Stansted.

Police have confirmed the "experienced" Boeing 737 captain radioed air traffic control toreport a UFO just two miles from the airport.

A police spokesman told the Evening Gazette: "He thought he saw another aircraft flying in front of him, but there was no near miss. There was another report that someone saw what seemed like a ball of fire."

A ground patrol at Stansted also reported seeing shooting stars.

Police say the runway was checked as a precaution but nothing was found.

The control tower logged the incident as an "unidentified flying object".

Less than two hours earlier a former taxman was shocked to see a UFO shoot across the sky while out walking his dog.

John Wilson, 69, was near his East Mersea home when he spotted the bright ball-shaped light in the sky.

The strange sighting happened at 9.15pm on April 11.

A police spokesman said there were no other reports of UFOs over Mersea Island that night. They are "keeping an open mind" over the Stansted incident.

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