A student says he was left shocked after spotting a large UFO hovering “for ten seconds” over a Devon seafront – before it sped off into the distance.
The sighting came in the same week the United States of America’s Director of National Intelligence released a long-awaited preliminary report into UFOs, which are now referred to as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).
The report, released on June 25, confirms that some UAP “probably do represent physical objects” and could “demonstrate a breakthrough in aerospace technology by a potential adversary”.
It said they “clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security”.
The document, which has been submitted to congress and examined a number of reported sightings between 2004 and 2021, was unable to confirmed if they were US technology – but said “some UAP may be technologies deployed by China, Russia, another nation, or a non-governmental entity”.
It also grouped a number of sightings as being “other” and said “we may require additional scientific knowledge to successfully collect on, analyze and characterize some of them”.
Now, just days after the report was released Matthew Evans, 36, said he spotted a bright unidentified object while looking out of the window in his top-floor flat in Teignmouth last week.
Photos he took appear to show four bright lights in a triangular-shaped formation lingering in the night’s sky.
The mature student said within seconds of taking the pictures, the object sped off into the distance.
Matthew said: “I couldn’t help but see it.
“My kitchen window gives a great view of the sea so when it came across the horizon
“It wasn’t moving like a plane would.
“It was moving a lot slower and went up and down for a bit before hovering a good ten seconds.
“It stayed in one spot long enough for me to pull out my phone and get those snaps.
“Then it quickly zoomed off at some speed and I couldn’t see it anymore.
“The light was really bright.
“I just didn’t know what it could be so I decided to take a picture.
“I’m not quite losing my marbles yet.
“But it’s hard to place it so I suppose it is an unidentified flying object.”
The US Office Director of National Intelligence said i’s UFO report, titled ‘Preliminary assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’, was “an intelligence assessment of the threat posed by unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) and the progress the Department of Defense Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) has made in understanding this threat”.
The investigation studied UFO reports such as the USS Nimitz incident in 2004, which saw US Navy fighter pilots chase a ‘tic tac’ shaped object, estimated to be about 40ft long, off the coast of the California – but were unable to keep up with it.
Commander David Fravor of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike group said the strike group had been tracking unusual aircraft for two weeks prior to the incident.
The Pentagon formally released video footage of incident after it was leaked online.
The recent US Government report says: “UAP pose a hazard to safety of flight and could pose a broader danger if some instances represent sophisticated collection against U.S. military activities by a foreign government or demonstrate a breakthrough aerospace technology by a potential adversary.
“Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, manoeuvre abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion.”
“In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings.
“UAP sightings also tended to cluster around US training and testing grounds, but we assess that this may result from a collection bias as a result of focused attention, greater numbers of latest-generation sensors operating in those areas, unit expectations, and guidance to report anomalies.
“The UAPTF holds a small amount of data that appear to show UAP demonstrating acceleration or a degree of signature management.
” Additional rigorous analysis are necessary by multipleteams or groups of technical experts to determine the nature and validity of these data. We are conducting further analysis to determine if breakthrough technologies were demonstrated.
“With the exception of the one instance where we determined with high confidence that the reported UAP was airborne clutter, specifically a deflating balloon, we currently lack sufficient information in our dataset to attribute incidents to specific explanations.
“We currently lack data to indicate any UAP are part of a foreign collection program or indicative of a major technological advancement by a potential adversary.