A luminous UFO, green in color was spotted in the skies of Jefferys Bay, a town in South Africa on December 12 2016,around 9:30 pm.metro247.co.za

On the night of December 12, a strange green object, believed to be an UFO, was spotted over Jeffreys Bay, a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

It was detected flying around a 1,000 feet (300 metres) above a cargo carrying aircraft by the captain and co-pilot. They claimed seeing a green object which flew past the cockpit of their plane and then it flew by the cockpit again, moving swiftly towards Earth.

"A Boeing 737 cargo aircraft captain and co-pilot, flying from Cape Town International Airport to Port Elizabeth International Airport, reported seeing what appeared to be a green object increasing in altitude past the cockpit of their aeroplane, reaching to about a thousand feet into clouds above them, and then returning towards earth at high speed past the cockpit of the aeroplane," National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon was quoted as saying by News 24.

"The sighting was reported to air traffic control at Port Elizabeth International Airport who requested NSRI's assistance to investigate the possibility that an aircraft or craft may be in difficulty," he added.

The sighting was reported to the Air Traffic Control in Port Elizabeth. The aircraft flying in the area were put on alert, but no other object was reported again. Also, there was no news of any aircraft going missing.

While conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters claim it to be an alien spacecraft, astronomers rubbished their claims and said that it may have been a fireball which entered the Earth's surface at high velocity.