Investigators were first sent to the scene in Tavistock, West Devon, after a caller said they had witnessed what looked like a possible light aircraft crash this morning (September 8).
After this initial call, several reports were made – many on social media – regarding the strange vision, with some reporting seeing glowing objects in the sky around the time of the potential plane crash.
Did anybody else see two glowing objects falling southwesterly direction out towards Plymouth sound?
I know I have been up all night, but that was odd. Asteroid?@BBCNews @BBCSpotlight @Plymouth_Live @piratefm @RadioPlymNews @itvwestcountry @esa @NASA
— Plymouth C Section Response (@PlymCSecResp) September 8, 2019
One theory as to the origins of the mysterious glowing suggests they were parts of an asteroid which had broken up after penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere.
In a tweet posted just before 6am this morning, Plymouth C Section Response put this possibility forward, asking their followers if they believed it might have been an asteroid.
The Force Incident Manager for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “This is a possible light aircraft. It’s come in as the Tavistock postal code PL20 6SL. Somebody called from an adventure centre in Princetown.
“Units have arrived on scene. They currently haven’t seen anything. They are searching the Cadover Bridge and Shaugh Prior areas.
“It is quite remote.”
Sure there is a second picture below (not the best quality. pic.twitter.com/oXjFWPvxE0
— DCP LGBT Network (@DCP_LGBT) September 8, 2019