A PENSIONER has captured an amazing picture of a UFO bearing a remarkable resemblance to the alien spacecraft from the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
John Macdonald’s spotted the strange lights hovering in the sky near his home in rural Perthshire and says it made a noise like “a thousand hoovers.”
He managed to take a snap of the aerial object as it hovered for a few minutes before suddenly vanishing in front of his eyes.
The 65-year-old from Dysart is convinced he saw an extra-terrestrial aircraft above him around Rossie Ochil to the south of Perth.
“It’s definitely a space craft of some sort,” he said.
“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.”
It happened at around 11pm on Sunday February 28, when he was driving home after visiting a friend.
He described how the noise drowned out the sound of his jeep.
“My jeep is quite noisy, but this sounded like a thousand hoovers.
“When I phoned my friend, who’s a shepherd, he said ‘don’t worry about it, we get this up here quite a lot’.
John estimates he was 50 to 70 yards from the object when he took his picture.
One suggestion is that the mysterious flying object which looks like the spacecraft in the Stephen Spielberg’s science fiction hit movie could have been a drone.
But the Civil Aviation Authority said although it was possible to fly a drone in darkness it would make managing to control such a craft much more difficult.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said: “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.
“Even though it has lights, you won’t be able to see it sufficiently well to control it.
“At night, you can’t see obstacles because the obstacles aren’t lit.
But John dismisses the idea that his experience was anything other than out of this world.
“I always thought there was something out there, but have never seen anything until now,” he added.
“There is no doubt in my mind. I know what I saw.”
Drone pilot, Jonathan Hall, from Southport says he is also convinced that the image is not a drone.
The keen amateur said: “I have no idea what it is 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.”