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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/16/1996 17:30 (Entered as : 09/16/1996 17:30)
Reported: 6/12/2000 08:24
Posted: 6/21/2000
Location: Manchester (UK/England),
Shape: Diamond
Duration: 20 seconds
Characteristics: There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
Riding Metro-Link Tram from Manchester to Altrincham(UK). Glanced up, don't know why, and glimpsed large Metallic Diamond shape gliding through lower cloud base. The weather was good, blue sky and white clouds. This was near Old Trafford Cricket ground. I remember seeing the shadow of the clouds casting across the object. I did not view all of the object in one go as it appeared to be trying to stay in the clouds. It hAd a translucent appearence, a bit like holographic image found on some credit cards! I looked behind me to see if anybody else had seen, but no one was looking. I continued looking and 5 minutes later, near Stretford station, I glimpsed it again. I was absolutely stunned. The fact that it was travelling at a similar speed to the tram (light railway) made it even more unbelievable (40-50 mph max). It was also dangerously close to the flight path into Manchester Airport, a 737 flew past a couple of minutes after the second sighting which gave me an idea of the size .... slightly smaller than a 737. When I reached Altrincham, I stood at the station for 30 minutes hoping to see the object again, but no luck. The object was so stunning that I was sure there would be a 'flap' in the News or TV ... but nothing. I would be keen to hear of similar experiences as this has left a huge impression on me. The object looked ominous, and not something to mess around with. I have taken a photograph of a ceiling light taken at an angle which reminded me of the object, which I shall mail,Rgds.