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Police update on reports of 'plane crash' near Tavistock

Police update on reports of 'plane crash' near Tavistock

Published by Emma Carton at 2:53pm 10th September 2019. (Updated at 11:48pm 11th September 2019)

It is thought reports of a possible plain crash near Tavistock could have been a meteor shower.

Police had a string of calls about a burning object breaking in half over the weekend.

Officers have since confirmed that after an extensive search, no debris was found.

It comes amid several sightings of so-called fireballs across the south-west, from St Austell to Dorset and Cardiff.

"The fireball was travelling fast and eventually split".

Scroll down to read the update from Devon and Cornwall Police.

Tavistock plane crash/meteor
Police believe reports of a possible plane crash near Tavistock could have been a meteor shower

Nigel Jackson was on an early morning fitness walk in the St Austell area when the "fireball" plummeted towards the ground.

"During a fitness walk this morning with a friend we saw a very bright fireball at 5.52am heading in a south westerly direction.

"The fireball was travelling fast and eventually split with the front section speeding off in front and heading in the distance to the ground leaving the main remaining fireball in a trajectory towards the ground/ocean. 

"It was very clear to see, you could see the fire all around it, quite spectacular to be honest, our first and only thought is that it's a meteorite that's broke through our atmosphere heading to earth.

"I honestly don't think it was a plane as there was no sound along with it as with what you would expect from an aircraft with engine sounds.

He added: "From what we saw I would say it was a meteor".

Eyewitness Nigel Jackson

"Police were called by concerned members of the public around 6.25am on Sunday 8 September reporting sightings of a bright flying object breaking in half in the sky over Yelverton in Devon.

"One man reported a possible mid-air collision between two planes, with one catching fire and falling from the sky.

"Officers launched a search of the area with assistance from the HM Coastguard helicopter as police were unable to categorically rule out the possibility of a plane crash.

"Having made enquiries with local airports the Force was satisfied that the incident did not involve any aircraft and no-one was injured.

"All services were stood down after no aircraft debris was seen and further sightings of a meteor shower were reported over the south-west".

Devon and Cornwall Police

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