[ISCNI*Flash thanks David Somen of the United Kingdom UFO Mailing List for sending this article, which appeared in the "News of the World" (UK) on Sunday, March 3, 1996, written by David Leslie.]
RAF jets chased a UFO from the Queen's Balmoral home.
Two Harrier GR7 jump-jets were scrambled on Wednesday (Feb 28) after locals reported seeing a light over the Scottish castle.
One witness claimed the RAF planes appeared to be locked in a dogfight with the UFO. The light appeared just after 10pm and was seen clearly eight miles away in Ballater.
One local said: "It seemed to appear from nowhere right over Balmoral. Within minutes two jets had zoomed in and appeared to be chasing it. They seemed to climb very quickly, almost standing on end. It was almost as if they were in some sort of dogfight with the light."
Another revealed: "It was like something out of a science fiction film. The sky was clear and suddenly a circular light was over Balmoral. It didn't seem to come from any particular direction, it was just there all of a sudden."
"Next thing all hell broke loose as the jets roared in. They were shooting around in circles."
"Suddenly the light vanished and after circling the castle the planes flew off in the same direction from which they came."
Security around the Royal Family's Highland home has been tightened since the IRA ceasefire ended.
And a strict exclusion zone bans all aircraft from the skies above the 55,000 acre Balmoral estate on Deeside. None of the Royal Family where there when the scare happened.
An RAF spokesman said: "There were two aircraft in the area. They could have been on some kind of exercise. Pilots are not going to report such things as UFOs to anyone and I've been unable to get anything out of them."
Original file name: CNI - Balmoral Saucer.UK 3.11
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