|Occurred : 6/9/2003 18:15 (Entered as : 06/09/03 18:15)
Reported: 7/9/2003 1:57:22 AM 01:57
Location: Santa Rosa area (above), CA
|Metallic sphere north of San Francisco below our plane
Flying in commercial Jet to Oakland from Seattle, we were at approx 5000' as we were coming down for the landing (10 minutes out) I was looking out window to eastern side of our plane, sun was to the west of us, plane heading south bound, looking down steeply at the trees in the mountains, noticed as it was just below us going north (the opposite direction as it appeared to me) Object appeared to be metallic sphere, possibly helicopter as seen from above, but seen no rotor or tail as normal chopper has, object appeared to be approx 300 - 1000 feet above the ground 3000-4000 feet below us fairly large, Guess at 60 feet to 80 foot diameter? hard to say as we were flying opposite direction.
Bright sun out, clear skies, no clouds.
I have been to 15 or so airshows and watch all the discovery channels etc, plus I am a photographer by trade so I do have a sharp eye for details on aircraft / object etc.
This si all the info I have / no photos or video (sorry)
((NUFORC Note: Witness is very experienced with photography, and we suspect, therefore, is a good witness. PD))