|Occurred : 5/13/2002 13:45 (Entered as : 5-13-2002 1345hrs)
Reported: 5/21/2002 4:54:28 PM 16:54
Location: Alhambra, CA
|This craft was NOT unidentified. It was in fact a P-2 Orion used primarily as an electronic intelligence gathering craft.
What I found unusual about this sighting was that I observed this craft over a heavily populated city at an altitude of no more than 2,000 feet and was apparently suffering from some type of powerplant malfunction, for I observed white smoke eminatting from the port outboard engine.
What I found most troubling was that when I contacted Los Angeles International Airport and a local Air Force information office, I was told in no uncertain terms thatI DID NOT observe the mentioned aircraft.
After being informed that no military aircraft were on any flight plan within this city's area, I did not even waste my breath relaying what I saw.
((NUFORC Note: We believe the witness may allude to a P-3 "Orion" aircraft. A P-2 is a "Neptune." PD))