UPDATE: Oct 2020 – It’s fair to say the traffic to this link has substantially increased in recent time. I want to tell you it is a product of its time, a simple barebones outline with no real meat. Hav squared up a few details. I will leave it’s outline content as it were and direct you a present and ongoing project, with the goal of producing a documentary “The Thunderbolt Incident” and a investigative blog series by the same name.
http://kristianlander.com/?p=2562 – Documentary pre-production: The Nottingham 1987 Thunderbolt incident.
An introduction. Outlining the vision of the project, how I came to be involved.
http://kristianlander.com/?p=2591 Date and time of The Thunderbolt Incident An in-depth ongoing investigation into verifying the Date and Time.
With more developments as we continue building up sources to create a comprehensive resource on the topic and question above.
Returning to the original post created in 2011,
The alleged crash took place on the date of November 12th 1987, whilst most people were asleep in bed. The silence of the night was shattered in the early hours after a thunderbolt tore across the skies from Blidworth direction towards Kirkby in Ashfield. Freak weather was blamed at the time, but since the event multiple witnesses have come forward. Certainly something highly sensitive and inexplicable happened that night. Windows of 13 houses were blown out, chimney stacks fell from roofs, severe damage to buildings due to an airborne collision were reported. Lights in the Sky, followed by a military response of multiple helicopters including a heavy duty Chinook. Allegedly the craft was brought down around Thieves wood, and came to rest at Annesley Hollow.
First hand report of military activity in the area of the A60 known as Thieves wood, closing off of roads, implementation of armed guards, systematic questioning of locals. People were stopped in their cars, by a road block near Annesley and told they could go no further as a helicopter had come down in the local woods. Other witnesses had snippets of information an object of intense light was trying to avoid built up areas and was veering south towards the Hucknall airfield. Did something come down? Was something shot down?
A regular National Express coach driver of the A60 route from Nottingham towards Mansfield at the time recalls the time very well. When roads in the area were secured by police and military personnel.
Dominic Belgin who presented at the East Midlands UFO Research Association public talk and discussion regarding the alleged Crash in 1997, held in Basford. Mr Belgin quoted an Ashfield district councillor “God only knows how no one was killed, it was like the blitz” during his talk. Witnesses at the time said the ball of light didn’t travel in a straight line witnesses claim to have seen in dive down and up again distinctly over the hills and lay of the land. A news article clipping from 1997, is held on file of the presentation.
Thieves wood has a number of tales of its own. Reports of ghosts, apparitions, strange sensations well this as you can imagine can only add to the list going on there and adding to the local lore.
Information lifted by cuttings from Hucknall Dispatch held at Hucknall Library/Local studies library.
Conversation with A.Smith.