June 27, 2008 09:58am
Residents of Marlinja, 730km south of Darwin and with a population of 112, said the drama began at 8pm on Sunday.
Resident Janie Dixon said it started as an “ordinary” night.
“The kids were on the basketball courts, shooting a few hoops, and I was indoors talking to my two nieces when we heard a strange, loud noise,” she said.
“We thought it was a jet. I saw what I thought at first was the evening star, the first star you usually see at night.
“But then we saw three red lights in the distance, and the sound kept getting louder.
Ms Dixon said the UFOs hovered above the homes. She said at one stage the phone rang, but went dead when she tried to answer it.