A TRIANGULAR-shaped UFO - spotted above Birmingham Airport - was one of many strange sightings made public this week.
The mystery object, which was seen by a local policeman, was reported to the Government in 1996.
It was a clear summer’s night when the eyewitness noticed the UFO hovering above the airport. It was described as having red and white lights and being completely silent.
The policeman, whose name and details are blacked out, watched the object turn twice and then fly off towards the city centre.
He reported the close encounter to Birmingham’s Air Traffic Control - who said there was no aircraft movement at the time (just after midnight).
As a consequence, the airport advised the witness to report what he’d seen to the Ministry of Defence.
Now, 13 years later, his account has been released by the National Archive, along with countless similar cases from across the country.
The files show that 1996 was a bumper year for the unexplained - sightings increased five-fold following the release of the film Independence Day.
However, the Birmingham Airport sighting came several weeks before the blockbuster hit cinema screens.
And the airport also featured in a similar crop of incidents which were released last autumn. Those files included reports of a bright, orange light, which had trailed a civilian aircraft for three minutes.
To browse the latest files go to www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos.