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Occurred : 12/24/2003 10:00 (Entered as : 12/24/2003 10:00)
Reported: 1/28/2004 9:16:22 PM 21:16
Posted: 1/31/2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:2 seconds
Floating sphere outside LAX on Xmas.

As I was departing via commercial flight to Florida (American Airlines) I saw what appeared to be a whitish sphere floating at around 10,000 feet. We were still climbing to our cruise altitude (33,000 feet), at what I estimate to be 350 m.p.h.

The sphere had a very subtle hi-tech texture (i.e., plates, relief, and radii) vaguely resembling the Death Star from Star Wars. The UFO seemed to be static on the air, and due to our high speed -and its relative small size- we passed it at a distance of about a 100 yards in just a second, though it was long enough for me to realize that what I was looking at shouldn't be there.

I immediately checked with other passengers, and many saw something weird passing us too: but none wanted to go deeper into the subject. I believe I was the only one looking intently through the window before the sighting ocurred.