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A north Charlotte woman says she caught what she believes to be UFOs flying over Lake Wylie near Belmont.
Sandy Harrington sent photos to WBTV that show three orange objects in the sky over Lake Wylie on Saturday night around 9:30 p.m.
Harrington told WBTV that she recently joined the Mutual UFO Network in April of this year and became a Field Investigator shortly thereafter. She had heard about sightings of UFOs in the Lake Wylie area in recent weeks and went out to do an investigation of her own.
"I invited a friend, Nancy Queen, to go to a boat docking area Saturday night and stake out the area," Harrington told WBTV. "This location is about a mile south of the Allen Steam Plant in Belmont."
According to Harrington, the pair arrived around 7:30 p.m. and took a few pictures.
"When it started getting dark, I mounted my camera on a tripod and waited to see if anything got our attention," she said. "As we stood on the cement slab attached to the boat docking area, I caught sight of a flying object coming towards us. The object was glowing orange. I called out to Nancy as two more aircraft came over the treeline ... orange lights aglow."
Harrington says the first aircraft stayed in front of the other two aircrafts, which she says were flying side by side quite close to each other. She says she immediately started snapping pictures.
"Although the aircraft seemed to be moving much slower than the jets we had seen earlier in the evening, I had no idea it took two minutes for them to pass over our heads," she said.
The aircraft were seen heading south to north toward the Allen Steam Plant, Harrington told WBTV.
She says the camera was on a tripod and didn't move and there was no noise as the aircraft flew by the pair.
"Amazingly, there were several boats being placed on their trailers during this time frame but nobody but Nancy and I noticed the aircraft," Harrington said. "And, we were making quite a to-do about them. What struck me about the three flying objects was the single orange glow each projected. I couldn't make out any features on the aircraft as the light was blinding."
In an effort to see if WBTV could identify the UFO, we did some digging.
The Allen Steam Station is located on Lake Wylie less than 5 miles due west of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The airport, known by aviation enthusiasts for landing and departing planes in pairs, uses flight patterns that are parallel with the steam station running north to south.
The flight patterns have become more rigid in recent years as the airport, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration, has worked to reduce noise for residents in south Charlotte.
Residents in places like Denver, Steele Creek and University City have noticed the changes as planes have become more common over the areas flying on specific flight paths into and out of the airport.
Harrington says there have been at four other sightings of similar aircraft reported to MUFON-NC in the Charlotte area over the past few weeks.
And she is no amateur when it comes to the paranormal.
Last May, Harrington claims she captured images on her Flip Camcorder of a ghost at the Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County.
Harrington and a friend were in the mine when she used her Flip Camcorder to shoot video while inside the mine shaft.
"I literally saw the ghost jump out with my own eyes and thought it was a visitor who jumped down a mine shaft out of sight, no one never showed up though," Harrington said. "I was just amazed and tickled to death. There is just something about the paranormal that gives me an adrenaline rush."