Guards armed with M16 assault rifles forced the crew members to lie face-down for three hours while the FBI ran security checks on them.
The 12-man crew visited the infamous Area 51 in Nevada (USA), where it is claimed bodies of ‘aliens’ are being held, that the unit wanted to use for making a documentary about UFOs, The Sun reports.
According to the report, the ‘Beeb’ team, including standup comedian Andrew Maxwell, ignored warnings to slip past the security and film inside the fence. But moments later, US military officials surrounded them and confiscated their phones, wallets and IDs.
BBC’s UFO expert Darren Perks, 34, said one of the cops told him, “Listen, son, we could make you disappear and your body would never be found,” the report said.
The crew members, who had sought to film an episode of BBC3’s Conspiracy Road Trip, were fined 375 pounds each and were ordered not to reveal what they saw.
However, Perks admitted, “We didn’t see anything except a bit of tarmac.” (ANI)