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Re: Airliner Had Near Miss With UFO

From: Viktor GolubikDiverge247.nul
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 14:46:21 EDT
Archived: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 17:05:21 -0400
Subject: Re: Airliner Had Near Miss With UFO

>From: Dick Hall <dh12.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 08:12:04 -0400
>Subject: Re: Airliner Had Near Miss With UFO

>>From: Peter Davenport <director.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 09:44:38 -0700
>>Subject: Re: Airliner Had Near Miss With UFO


>Here is a similar, and much more recent, event, reported to
>NUFORC on July 28, 2008, the day after the alleged sighting:


>The object was witnessed off of the left side of the aircraft
>traveling north (right to left) at an extremely high velocity.
>The object appeared spherical in shape and bright white and
>glowing in color. The object appeared to leave some sort of
>contrail, which may have been a distortion of light due to
>speed. The object contained no other sources of light typically
>found on civilian aircraft. The object disappeared from
>horizontal view within 2-3 seconds, moving at a speed much
>greater that that of an approaching opposite direction jet
>aircraft. The object had an apparent size of 1/4 the
>circumference of a full moon, and looked similar to a shooting
>star or meteorite. Size relative to the aircraft could not be
>determined. The object appeared to be between 35,000 and 38,000
>feet, 2,000-5,000 feet above the aircraft. The trajectory of the
>object resembled an ascending arch.



>This sure sounds exactly like a classic fireball meteor to me,
>as even the witness suggested. Nothing UFO-like about it.


I'm glad Peter described this as a meteor... shooting star!

I was just about to add the same comments. In addition, since
the object appeared above them and fireballs are notoriously
difficult to judge on distance (brightness being one factor),
this is classic meteor-like behavior. The motion was also

Depending upon the approach trajectory, the object can also
appear to have an ascending trajectory; Just position a broom
stick above your head to represent the trajectory and you will
see how this can easily happen. The vast distance only adds to
the illusion.

Not too long ago, I posted comments suggesting the need in
Ufology for a better 'threshold' behavior-type classification
systems. Here is a perfect example.

It gives me great relief that the pilots described this meteor
with a high level of accuracy. But, could it be a flying saucer?
Yes, but it's behavior was unremarkable. Therefore, it should be
placed accordingly - in a very low position on the rung.

Sure, include them for educational purposes... and catalogue


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