VILLAGERS have been left baffled after bits of a UFO plummeted from the sky over rural Cambodia, prompting local fears the shrapnel might be alien.
Locals in Preah Vihear province said they heard a loud bang at around 6am local time before running outside and discovering dozens of pieces of aluminium.
Fragments of the UFO had clattered into homes causing damage over an area of more than six miles, but no people were injured.
Villagers collected the fragments of the flying object and reported the mystery to police, who have been unable to identify the wreckage.
The discovery — just 180 miles north of an area where missing flight MH370 was believed to have been seen in the jungle — has sparked fears that the metal could be from an alien aircraft.
Villager Sok Nol in the Srayong commune of Kulen district where the pieces were found said: »I heard a big noise in the morning. I was shocked and thought something bad had happened.
‘When I went to look there was one big piece in a field, and other smaller pieces around. We thought an aeroplane had crashed but there was no big engine.
»Now I think that it has come from space and landed in our village. It’s confusing because nobody knows what it is.»
Preah Vihear provincial police chief major general Yin Chamnan said 17 pieces of aluminium and rubber had been recovered in the village.
He said: »Maybe these fragments are parts of a drone that someone flew. The parts were not relatively big.
»We have found more than 17 fallen fragments of aluminium and rubber. But, we are continuing the search and are collecting further information from the people at the scene.»
Earlier this week, British video producer Ian Wilson scrapped his attempt to scour the Cambodian jungle in search of missing Malaysian flight MH370 after an aeroplane shape was seen on Google maps.