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UFO Mystery Solved after MOD Confirms Training Exercise

Caroline Collins caught the plane on camera near Warrenpoint
Published: 1:20 PM 4/8/2015

(MoD) said the craft was a military plane on a training exercise.

Social media was awash with sightings of a large aircraft flying low across the coastline from Ballycastle to the Mournes.

It sparked a UFO mystery across Northern Ireland that even had the police baffled. Social media was awash with sightings of a large aircraft flying low across the coastline from Ballycastle to the Mournes.

Bemused police officers posted on their Newry and Mourne PSNI page urging the public to share any information and pictures they had.

Pictures of the plane were posted from Ballycastle, the Mournes and over the dual-carriageway between Coleraine and Ballymena.

Other people said they were concerned by the low altitude the craft was flying at.

This morning the PSNI confirmed the "mystery" had been solved. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the craft- an RAF C130-J Hercules - was a military plane on a training exercise.

Posting on the Newry and Mourne PSNI page, an officer said: "This was seen across NI yesterday from the North Coast to Newry City and in amongst the Mournes.

"I've made some enquiries with the MoD and they confirmed that there was a military aircraft flying in these areas yesterday and was conducting low level navigation training."

A Facebook user replied: "This scared the life outta me yesterday because it was so low."

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