Curious A116 report
The sighting was first reported to ILFUFO, Paul Sinclair’s website, at the beginning of July this year:
“Myself and my wife were driving on the A116 at 22.50 hrs 30/06/13. The road was complete darkness. In our rear window was about a dozen yellow lights. It was present for about 1.5 minutes. It was unbelievable. It was quite a way behind us. No other vehicles were around. The location was just before Fridaythorpe. My honest description would be of some kind of craft. I checked the clock on the car, it was okay, no time difference. I have seen in my lifetime 2 other unknown objets, one of which was a triangle changing colour. I was a pilot years ago so i am quite aware of other determinations. We have not reported this to anyone else.”
Paul spoke with the witness on the phone and was given a few further details. It appears the lights were in a configuration of four rows with three in each row and the object had remained in full view for about two minutes as they drove away from it. He then added something that he had not mentioned at all in his written report but was guaranteed to make any UFO investigator sit up. He said that the object seemed to come down and land on the road. This cast the case it a new light, making it a potentially ‘landing case’ instead of a few lights on the road. It would at the same time appear to rule out any kind of road or farm vehicle as an explanation. There may be such things as flying combine harvesters whose existence has not been officially acknowledge but no one has heard of any.
There followed some general chat about UFOs during which the witness expressed a keen interest in Paul’s sky-watching activities on the Wolds. As most YUFOS members know, Paul is an avid sky watcher, setting up his equipment and waiting for hours in the cold and dark. Paul recalls the witness was particularly interested in whether Paul had any contacts at RAF Staxton Wold. Was anyone there passing on information to him about aerial activity in the area, he wanted to know. Paul told him they weren’t.
A few days later Paul visited the location of the sighting. This is a routine part of any UFO investigation; it can provide clues to what the object sighted might have been. In this case, however, he found no clues. What he found instead was a number of problems with witness’s report.
Paul: ‘I took a trip out to Driffield and made my way toward Wetwang. I drove through Wetwang and on towards Fridaythorpe all the time checking mirrors to see how long it was possible to see certain landmarks in the distance. Once at Fridaythorpe I turned back to do the exact route and time of [the witness’s] sighting....I could not actually see anything for more than 30 to 40 seconds in my rear mirrors as I retraced the journey [because of the dips and bends in the roads].’
It is difficult, then, to explain the length of time the witness says he was able to view the object. The road is not straight as it appears on the map but continually winds and bends and dips and rises so that it is not possible to view anything on the road behind for more than a matter of seconds.
Even more difficult to explain is the light conditions. The witness maintains that the time was 10.50 pm – car clock and watch showed the same time - and that it was pitch black. However, as Paul correctly points out: “At 10.50 it was still relatively light which is the first point I would like to make.They saw the object days prior to this [date] so it
would in fact have been marginally lighter at the time of year.”
While we were mulling over that, the following was posted on the
“This is not a sighting but a (hopefully helpful) comment about your article concerning Mark and his wife’s recent sighting. An important point to bear in mind concerning the daylight/darkness issue at 22.50 hrs. On a clear day compared to a cloudy, drizzly day it will make a difference of half an hour or more to the daylight/darkness transition. This could account for the apparent discrepancy. Just trying to be helpful. Best wishes with your research.”
There is no indication here that this person knows the witness but in a written exchange with the witness I happened to inadvertently refer to the sender of this message as ‘an acquaintance of yours’ and was not corrected.
There are just two things wrong with this explanation, though. One is that even an overcast sky would not have made it pitch black at that location and the other is that the weather report for that day gave a clear sky with light cloud. Weather forecasts are not always accurate but serendipitously, that particular evening June and I had been on a sky watch. We know exactly what day it was and we recall it was a brilliantly clear sky with ust a few wispy clouds. So that explanation has to be thrown out of the
window, I’m afraid.
I then contacted the witness myself and asked him if he would file a report to the YUFOS website, which he kindly did. The content is more or less the same as in the report submitted to ILFUFO website except that it now cites Wetwang as the village he was just leaving instead of Fridaythorpe.(Although the witness had originally given the location asFridaythorpe, he quickly changed it to Wetwang after geographical discrepancies were pointed out to him.) The villages are only a couple of miles apart and so the error is understandable. In any case, the other discrepancies applyirrespective of whether the location was Wetwang or Fridaythorpe.)
In the YUFOS report he also mentions the ‘four rows of three’ configuration. However, he again omits to mention any descent from the air. After giving the date and time of the sighting, once again, as 30th June at 10.50, he writes:
“Myself and my wife were driving in total darkness on the A166 just leaving the village of Wetwang. There were no other vehicles behind with just the odd car coming toward us. Our eyes were drawn to our rear window and what looked to be about a dozen yellow lights in rows of four. It was present for around less than two minutes. The lights were quite back behind us and would estimate them to be 300 yards. We instantly checked the time in the car; it was correct. We didn’t know if it would appear again we kept on driving, we were trying to find a friend’s house in Wilberfoss but we missed the A1079 abd we’re on the wrong road, the A166. We both discussed and agreed on what we had seen. I can’t think of any other explanation as to what it could have been, about 12 lights in rows of 4 on the road. We didn’t see it in the air as it was behind us, just on the road which was hilly in places. I have since looked on the
Internet but nothing as similar has been reported. It was amazing what we saw on a road in so much darkness. There were no cat’s eyes or lights, only the car lights.”
After an exchange with the witness who filed the report, I contacted his wife and asked her for a separate report. This is routine with multiple-witness sightings and is important for several reasons, not least in providing a separate account from a different perspective. I received no reply. After waiting a reasonable time, I asked again but did not pressure her (‘...in your own time, of course’...just a reminder about...’) but even though I explained the importance of a separate report to her and sent several reminders which I know she received, I am still three months later waiting for a reply.
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