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Occurred : 7/23/2001 18:20 (Entered as : 07/23/01 18:20EST)
Reported: 7/23/2001 23:28
Posted: 9/6/2002
Location: Washington, D.C., DC
Shape: Fireball
Duration:15-20 Mins ?
Delta 434 reported flaming falling object which left a visible contrail.

This is no joke. At about 1820 EDT Delta 434 and a couple of other aircraft reported to Wash Center (133.725) a large flaming falling object which left a visible contrail. The first report stated that a large ball of flame was noted passing by the aircraft at their 10 o'clock position. After the object passed by he reported a large, visible contrail along the object's downward path. The first aircraft reported the object as a daytime meteor. The object's downward movement and contrail was confirmed by at least three other aircraft. No geographic references were noted in any of the reports so I can't tell you exactly where this all happened. The freq serves the Wash Center sector around Gordonsville & Flat Rock, just east of Richmond VA.