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Derbyshire 'ghost plane' remains a mystery

Posted on Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 | Comment icon 27 comments

What could account for the strange sightings ? Image Credit: US Air Force
An old type of aircraft commonly used during Word War II has been sighted numerous times over Derbyshire.
Reports of the so-called 'ghost plane' have been reported over the county for years with witnesses often describing an aircraft similar to the Douglas C-47 Dakota - a military transport aircraft used extensively by the Allies during the Second World War.

Just recently, Sandra Holland reported seeing a large, unmarked, silent aircraft flying straight towards her over the Peak Shopping Village before mysteriously disappearing in to thin air.

"I have never seen anything like it," she said. "It looked like it wasn't running quite right and was going to run into us. It was sideways on and then it vanished - it was very strange."

Another witness, Pam Orridge, also saw something strange a few years ago.

"My son and I were driving along the A6 towards Rowsley from Darley Dale," she said. "We had just passed Church Road on our left and well before Arconic Forgings and Extrusion also on the left."

"Suddenly in front of us was an aircraft flying very low towards us. So low we thought it would crash into us but then it banked sideways and disappeared. We could not identify the aircraft other than it was old because it happened so quickly and left us quite shocked."

Intriguingly, there have been over 50 plane crashes in a nearby area of the Peak District known as 'Dark Peak' and some of these have managed to evade explanation even to this day.

The region is so notorious in fact that it has even come to be known as Britain's Bermuda Triangle.

Source: Derbyshire Times | Comments (27)

Tags: Derbyshire, Plane

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by herbygant on 15 February, 2017, 14:44
If one believes in a ghost person, then why not a ghost conveyance for that person, like a ghost plane or ghost ship, of which there are many reports. Or, are they all just flights (no pun intended) of fancy?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Black Monk on 19 February, 2017, 13:01
There used to be a ghostly double decker bus in London.
Comment icon #20 Posted by oldrover on 19 February, 2017, 15:39
Yes there were tales about that, I haven't heard any reference to it for years though. Always one of my favourites that one.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 19 February, 2017, 15:53
It's probably the ghost of one of Mayor Ken's Bendybuses out to get its revenge on Boris for sweeping them aside and spending millions of public money on a completely new and wondrous form of superbus which Mayor Sadiq is now also anxious to oust, in fact he seems quite keen to abolish buses altogether and force everyone to cycle (but no longer on Boris Bikes, of course, now they're Sadiq Cycles.)
Comment icon #22 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 19 February, 2017, 15:55
Lancaster, not Liberator. I think the only airworthy one of those is in the States .
Comment icon #23 Posted by oldrover on 19 February, 2017, 20:16
Ah I see, was that picture not a liberator then? They look the same to me I'm afraid.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 19 February, 2017, 20:18
No, the picture's a Dakota. Or DC-3 or C-47, depending on whether it was originally built for civil use or ordered by the RAF or USAAF.
Comment icon #25 Posted by oldrover on 19 February, 2017, 20:24
Sorry, not that picture, the one Merc put up but now seems to have gone. It was of a four engine bomber. The Dakota is one of the few airplanes I do recognise though. I think they're very elegant.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Silent Trinity on 25 February, 2017, 17:10
I think it is more the case that perhaps aircraft disappearing into thin air is most likely indistinguishable cloud edges in the traditional leaden grey British sky, and the actual aircraft itself, to those not up to date with classic aviation in this country, and old antiquated aircraft such as the Dakota / C-47 would seem a ghostly reminder of the past if you were not aware of the airworthy examples that remain. The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight operates one, which has spent some time grounded on and off, but this is usually to carry out the work necessary to keep it safe and airworthy a... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Merc14 on 25 February, 2017, 23:30
My bad, thanks for the correction.

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