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Re: In the sky! A bird? A plane? A... UFO? - Shough

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 15:35:15 -0000
Fwd Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2007 07:34:30 -0500
Subject: Re: In the sky! A bird? A plane? A... UFO? - Shough


>Source: The Chicago Tribune - Illinois, USA

>http://tinyurl.com/yn8krl

>Published January 1, 2007

>In the sky! A bird? A plane? A... UFO?
>by
>Jon Hilkevitch

>United Airlines denies its workers filed reports about
>saucerlike object hovering at O'Hare

>It sounds like a tired joke - but a group of airline employees
>insist they are in earnest, and they are upset that neither
>their bosses nor the government will take them seriously.

>A flying saucerlike object hovered low over O'Hare
>International
>Airport for several minutes before bolting through thick clouds
>with such intense energy that it left an eerie hole in overcast
>skies, said some United Airlines employees who observed the
>phenomenon.

<snip>

>No controllers saw the object, and a preliminary check of radar
>found nothing out of the ordinary, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth
>Isham Cory said.

>The FAA is not conducting a further investigation, Cory said.
>The theory is the sighting was caused by a "weather
>phenomenon",
>she said.

<snip>

>An internal FAA review of air-traffic communications tapes, a
>step toward complying with the Tribune request, turned up the
>call by the United supervisor to an FAA manager in the airport
>tower, Cory said.

>Cory said the weather might have factored into what the
>witnesses thought they saw.

>"Our theory on this is that it was a weather phenomenon," she
>said. "That night was a perfect atmospheric condition in terms
>of low [cloud] ceiling and a lot of airport lights. When the
>lights shine up into the clouds, sometimes you can see funny
>things. That's our take on it."

Hi List

Well, a number of ground staff and pilots as witnesses to a low-
altitude daylight object over a major airport has to add up to
one of the most intriguing cases I've heard for a while. I hope
references to any follow-up investigations get posted here.

I won't be losing any sleep waiting for any FAA investigation
though if their spokeswoman's "theory" is anything to go by.
Airport lights shining on low clouds at night?

"The sighting occurred during daylight, about 4:30 p.m., just
before sunset."

This is consistent, sunset would have been about 4:38 pm and
even though gloomy in the overcast it would still have been
daylight.

"All the witnesses said the object was dark gray and well
defined in the overcast skies. They said the craft, estimated by
different accounts to be 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter, did not
display any lights."

So it was a dark gray object, with no lights, seen in daylight,
and was caused by airport lights shining up upward at night?


Martin Shough





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