Plane collides with UFO… literally

Plane collides with UFO… literally

Plane collides with UFO… literally

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June 11 2008 3:45 PM

Plane collides with UFO… literally

While I was in London I read the daily "Metro" paper and thought it was pretty good. But I guess they stoop to conquer as well; yesterday they ran a story with the headline "Fighter jet hits UFO".

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Assuming the story is true, something hit a Romanian MiG 21's windshield during a training flight, forcing the pilot to land. It's not identified what it was -- but an investigation shows it wasn't a bird, ice, or a meteorite.

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So now you may be all pedantic if you want and say, "but if it's not identified than it really is a UFO!" True, and you can also get all pedantic and say, "UFO doesn't mean alien spaceship!" Also true.

But then why did the Metro run this picture next to the article?

Grrrrr.

Tip o' the tin foil beanie to Kevin Conod.