Madeleine McCann: The UFO Spy Plane Theory
MADELEINE McCann: With no weather to report on, the Express returns to Our Maddie. Today’s front-page news is: “Spy Plane Clue to Maddy Mystery.” Spy planes over the Algarve? Looking for what?
The headline tells readers: “EXCLUSIVE: Nato spy plane ‘may have photographed Madeleine McCann abduction’”
A SPY plane on a Nato exercise may have captured an aerial image of the person who abducted Madeleine McCann, it was claimed last night.
James Murray has more:
A Portuguese military aircraft took photos of the Algarve coastline on the day the three-year-old disappeared, says British military expert Philip Burden.
Lots of people took photos that day on the sunshine coast. What says Mr Burden: “The aircraft may provide a new lead in the hunt for Madeleine. During the early and late evening of May 3, 2007, the day Madeleine disappeared from the holiday resort of Praia da Luz, the plane took aerial photos of that stretch of the Algarve. It was on a Nato training exercise and had been used on similar missions over other European countries at other times.”
Bit of a long-shot, no?
“According to my source, strips of film were later passed to the Portuguese police following their appeal for information about Madeleine’s disappearance. I’m told that there were a number of low-level passes over the resort as part of a lengthy photo reconnaissance training mission. Although the light was fading, people and buildings could be clearly seen.”
Murray then hints at something:
Portuguese police thanked the Portuguese Air Force for sending the film at the time but the pictures were not evident when secret police files were published later.
Bungling? A conspiracy?
Asked to confirm or deny the claims, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are not giving a running commentary.”
And that’s it. But who is the expert? A search on the web tosses up nothing obvious about the “writer” Philip Burden. A few links claim a Philip Burden was once editor of an organ called RAF News; others allege a link between someone of that name and UFO sighting. But we can’t find any work or writings from the expert.
Undaunted by checking the source of the story, Murray adds:
The claims come at an emotional time for Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, as they prepare to celebrate Christmas with eight-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, with their missing daughter very much at the centre of their thoughts.
Is that news?
On Monday Kate was close to tears at a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London arranged by the charity Missing People, for whom she is an ambassador.
Is that fair, to watch a woman who has lot her daughter for signs of tears?
Kate read the words of the Billie Holliday classic I’ll Be Seeing You, which moved many in the packed congregation. The lyrics, particularly poignant at this time of year, include the lines: “I’ll be seeing you, in all the old familiar places.”
Like in the Daily Express?
Kate’s reading gave strength and encouragement to other parents facing the same heart-wrenching void in their lives.
Such are the facts…