Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Birmingham UFO Group Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Originally forwarded by Richard Hall
Release Date: 26/08/2011
Around 2pm on an afternoon in April 2010, Mr K. Hagan was at the back door of his house in Cookstown, Northern Ireland. He was having a cup of tea and standing outside as it was a sunny day with only partial cloud cover.
Mr Hagan happened to glance up into the sky and noticed a strange object directly overhead. It was egg or oval in shape, and metallic silver in colour. There was a dark line on it, and he could see that the object was rotating. It appeared to be between 50-100 feet in length. Mr Hagan estimates it was about 2000 feet in the air.
The object was moving very slowly in a South Westerly direction. Mr Hagan was amazed by the sight of the object, he had not seen anything like it before. He called his wife outside so she could see it too. She watched for a short while before returning inside. Mr Hagan continued to watch the object for half an hour. During this time it slowly moved over the roof of his house and headed away to the South West. In the end it was too close to the sun and he could not see it anymore due to the brightness.
The object seen in this incident was clearly not a conventional aircraft of any kind. However I feel that the most likely explanation for it was a silver coloured balloon or inflatable of some kind. The fact that the object was moving very slowly on a straight course and rotating fits in with it drifting slowly on an air current. It did not perform any manoeuvres which would indicate intelligence. Mr Hagan estimates it was quite large in size; however it is often hard to judge the size of aerial objects accurately as there is no point of reference. So the object may have been smaller and closer than it appeared to be.
The fact that Mr Hagan watched it for half an hour yet did not manage to take any photographs or video of the object is disappointing. Often when people see UFOs they are too excited or intrigued by what they are seeing that they completely forget to try and capture it on camera. The fact that it was seen in broad daylight over a residential area and moving at a slow speed means that there were likely to have been other witnesses who are yet to come forward.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2011