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Occurred : 3/31/2000 23:30 (Entered as : 3/31/00 23:30)
Reported: 4/1/2000 02:29
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Philadelphia (SW), PA
Shape: Circle
Duration:5 min
Saw a round object with lights flashing on the bottom in a circular motion around the object.

I can view the approach of landing aircraft to Philadelphia International Airport from my backyard. I always see landing lights, but this was different. It was round in appearance, and had what appeared to be running lights on the bottom that flashed in a circular flashing motion. I watched it, and it was moving very slowly, much slower than approaching aircraft, and this craft itself was about 2-3000 ft. higher than approaching aircraft. It seemed to be further away than the approaching aircraft in distance and at about 40° from the horizon. It moved very slowly for about five minutes, then turned and went the other way in the same speed. I thought it was strange, and might have been a helicopter, but it was rather high for a helicopter, not to mention in "restricted airspace". Not sure if any pilots might have saw it, but I wouldn't know how to go about and request that info. After it changed direction, it continued on at a slow pace towards the east to NJ. Distance was a factor, so I knew my camcorder would just capture a shaking image of a light with no real help. If there were any others that saw this object, it would be nice to know, to either confirm my site or disbunk it as a helicopter...