The online UFO community is abuzz with news about a pensioner John Macdonald from Scotland who claimed recently that he captured an amazing photograph (see photo below) of a UFO while driving in the dead of the night in rural Perthshire, Scotland. UFO enthusiasts have touted the latest alleged photograph of a UFO as the “best photo of a UFO ever,” and that it is clinching evidence that UFOs exist. But skeptics have dismissed the sighting as another case of mistaken identity or a hoax.
John Macdonald, 65, from Dysart, Fife, in Scotland, told The Courier that he is absolutely convinced that he had a close encounter with an extraterrestrial craft and that his photo is proof.
Macdonald was driving home in his car from a friend’s house at about 11 p.m., Sunday, on February 28, 2016, in rural Rossie Ochil, south of Perth, when, at a place close to his home, he heard a strange loud noise in the sky above his car. He looked up and saw a massive UFO with multiple lights arranged in rows hovering over his car in the night sky. He reached quickly for his camera and snapped a photo of the UFO which hovered for a few minutes before it disappeared from sight.
He estimated that he snapped the photo from a distance of about 50 to 70 yards. The Fife man said the noise from the UFO was so loud that it drowned the sound of the engine of his noisy “jeep.”
He said the UFO made a noise like a “thousand hoovers [vacuum cleaners].”
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“It’s definitely a spacecraft of some sort. I don’t know whether I frightened it or not with the flash of the camera, because in the beat of a heart it was gone,” Macdonald told The Courier.
“My jeep is quite noisy, but this sounded like a thousand hoovers,” he added. “When I phoned my friend, who’s a shepherd, he said ‘don’t worry about it, we get this up here quite a lot.'”
The photos above show the UFO that John Macdonald saw hovering over his car as he drove to his home after visiting his friend. Many have remarked about the striking resemblance of the UFO to the alien spaceship from Stephen Spielberg’s movie “Close Encounters of The Third Kind.”
“I always thought there was something out there, but have never seen anything until now,” Macdonald said. “There is no doubt in my mind. I know what I saw.”
But the idea that Macdonald may have snapped a photo that proves the existence of extraterrestrial crafts or alien spaceships is so mind-blowing that many readers could not believe it and skeptics have tried to come up with a mundane explanation of the sighting.
“In a more accurate headline: ‘Man photographs hobbyist’s drone at night.'”
“Was the noise more like a thousand braying donkeys? It might have been Derek Farmer. I always thought he was from another planet. ”
“How does John know what 1000 Hoovers sounds like? And was it definitely 1000 Hoovers?”
Some suggested that the UFO was only a drone. They pointed out that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles has increased dramatically in recent years for professional as well as leisure purposes.
However, a spokesperson for the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority noted that although it is possible to fly a drone in the dark it is relatively difficult because the person controlling the drone may be unable to keep it in his line of sight constantly.
“It’s possible to fly a drone in darkness, but you have to keep it in your line of sight at all times. If you are flying something in darkness it is difficult to keep it in your visual line of sight,” he said.
The aviation official said that although the UFO Macdonald spotted had multiple lights, anyone flying it as a drone would have difficulty controlling it in the dark and would be unable to avoid obstacles that are not lit. He also said that flying a drone in the dark could also be in breach of existing operating guidelines in the U.K. which also prohibit drones being flown within 164 feet of buildings or other structures, vehicles and people.
But John vehemently refutes claims that the UFO was a drone, saying he knew exactly what he saw and that it appeared to be something “out of this world.”
Jonathan Hall, an experienced amateur drone pilot from Southport, U.K., agreed with Macdonald that the UFO was unlikely to be a drone.
“I have no idea what it is,” he said, “but am pretty sure it’s not a drone craft. I have flown quite a lot at night and the size and shape of the lights look like no drone I have ever seen before.”