A British tabloid mocks the church's association with aliens
News has emerged of two UFOs being spotted by the three pilots of a jet in December. The flying objects were seen in proximity to the headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Britain.According to the Huffington Post, the UFOs were noticed by the three pilots near Gatwick Airport in London on December 30, at roughly 9 a.m.
“All three pilots on the flight deck [of a B777 aircraft] saw the objects, which passed 100-200 feet below; the crews in two subsequent aircraft also saw the objects. They informed Air Traffic Control of the incident and he assessed the risk as low,” they said.
The incident was reported and the two objects were described as two “flat silver discs.” The incident was labeled an Airprox.
An Airprox “is a situation in which, in the opinion of a pilot or a controller, the distance between aircraft as well as their relative positions and speed have been such that the safety of the aircraft involved was or may have been compromised,” the United Kingdom Airprox Board website explains.
The air traffic control radar picked up on not two, but six flying objects in the area. However, an investigation into the matter yielded no information on the “flying saucers.”
They were “reported by the B777 crew as man-made and toy-like....the risk was deemed unassessable,” a report reads.
One of the alleged UFOs was spotted near East Grinstead, the location of the Church of Scientology, and British tabloid The Sun poked fun at the church for their association with aliens. They then wrote another story making fun at the church once more.
“In an article on Saturday headlined ‘Flying Saucers Over British Scientology HQ,’ we stated ‘two flat silver discs’ were seen ‘above the Church of Scientology HQ.’
“Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologize to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists,” they write.