Berwyn Mountain UFO incident
The Berwyn Mountain Incident was an alleged UFO crash in Britain. It took place on 23 January 1974 on the Berwyn Mountains in Llandrillo, Merionethshire, North Wales. Both the Berwyn Mountain incident and the similar Rendlesham Forest incident have been called a "British Roswell".
A number of unusual lights in the sky were observed, followed by a dramatic shaking of the earth. It was considered possible that an aircraft had crashed, or a meteorite had impacted. Within an hour, police searched the Berwyn Mountains and were joined by a RAF rescue team from Valley on Anglesey. Nothing was found, and all searches were called off at just after 2 p.m. the following day.
The Institute of Geological Sciences (now British Geological Survey) reported that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake was felt at 8:38 p.m. that night over a wide area of North Wales and as far as Liverpool (also in Formby 13 miles north of Liverpool). It was not immediately identified for what it was, hence the police investigation. However, the magnitude of the shock was such that had it been due to impact, the resulting crater would have been large enough to be easily visible. The unusual lights may have been simply the meteor, but may also have included the phenomenon known as earthquake light.
It was later alleged by "the UFO community" that a UFO crashed, that non-human bodies were found and that the British Government covered up the event. There were subsequent claims that the area was cordoned off by the military while wreckage was recovered. Also, there were reports that the villages in the vicinity were visited by "Men in Black". It was jokingly labelled "The Roswelsh Incident" by The Sun newspaper. The claim that the area was cordoned off by the military was shown by researcher Andy Roberts to relate to a later event in 1982 when an RAF Harrier jet crashed in the area.
- Roberts, Andy (2001). "The Berwyn Mountain UFO Crash—A British Roswell?". Flying Saucery Presents … The Real UFO Project. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- BBC (2009-08-17). "Minister warned over 'UK Roswell'". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
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- The Sun (2011-01-31). "The Roswelsh Incident". London. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
Official Government Sources
- MOD response to this incident
- Listing National Archive records AIR 2/18873 and AIR 2/18874 relating ot this event
- 1974 Wales-UFO crash - About.com account
- The Berwyn Mountain UFO Crash - A British Roswell? by Andy J. Roberts
- CSETI article on the Brwyn Mountain Incident
- Whyfiles; The Berwyn Mountains Incident