The MOD have responded to the FOIA, by mentioning that “the sighting took place in French airspace for defence” (see MOD Link) and that therefore the french authorities should be the ones to contact…. They then went on to say, that no further action would be taken.
An interesting report made available to the public, from the MOD can be seen here. In it are detailed descriptions, of the event, from both pilot witnesses that saw the event take place.
Bare details of MOD report:
date 23rd April 2007
time 2.09 to 2.18pm (overall 9 minutes).
No evidence that object was seen by radar (french), and was out of range of British radar…
Jersey radar only secondary and so could not have detected the UFO…. (not in this report but evidence that there was a radar contact).
Two witness reports, one from Capt Bowyer, and the other from a Tristar plane.
UFO cigar shaped
Included in report are: met conditions, air safety report, sketch of ufo’s and planes on a map … sketch of UFO and finally a jersey airport ATC comment in letter.
I do find that the British have conveniently seen that the sighting was in french airspace, and washed their hands of the whole affair, well publically anyway.
update 25th May:
the reported cell phone image….. is definately now a fake, as was previously suspected (but without evidence). An identical photo from the BBC (see link here) has been manipulated to create the image with a ufo….. see PPRuNe (images at number #47) and on AboveTopSecret forums for evidence….therefore this image can be placed in the bin.
UFOseek.com – UFO paranormal Directory, Community and News.
update 31st may:
In This is Guernsey, “UFO SPOTTER IS SHOCKED BY WORLDWIDE INTEREST“
I would be interested to see what he discovers about sightings from others (who hopefully come forward and give him data)…..