|Occurred : 11/14/2004 01:14 (Entered as : 11/14/2004 01:14)
Reported: 12/2/2004 6:16:28 PM 18:16
Location: Dupree VOR (in-flight), SD
|White pulsing light
Captain for a major airlines, flying west over South Dakota, southeast of Dupree (DPR VOR) Northeast of Rapid City (RAP VOR), Cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. Time 01:14Z. Speed .79 mach.(460 knot ground speed) Very clear night.
Noticed a pulsing white light, which got my attention looking out the forward window. White light pulsing 1.5 seconds "on" then 4 to 5 seconds "off". Moving with us (above) west bound at an altitude that appeared to be much higher. Estimated 60,000 feet or higher.
Pulsing again 5 degrees to the right (north). Alerted my first officer for his observation and opinion, (to what he thought it was) He also agreed it was an unusual pulsating white light, not an aircraft beacon or strobe light. This light was not normal with any aircraft that we have ever seen.
Light was not seen again until approx. 30 seconds later and appeared forward many miles ahead of us and 10 degrees to the left. Observed another few secounds then notified air traffic control.
Air traffic controls reply "no aircrafts forward or above our area over the next 125 miles". Other air carriers were asked by air traffic control for any unsusual white lights. 2 others reported seeing the white light which was now south west of us over 90 degrees in less then 30 seconds. (This type of movement was extremely fast). I know of no aircraft able to move in this manner or switch directions so quickly.
Light was again gone after an estimated 4 pulses. Appeared again south of us, northwest of RAP vor at 01:28z. Pulsed three times , never saw it again. Air traffic control gave us 2 phone numbers for the UFO hotline.
((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness on several occasions, and we find him to be exceptionally credible. He is attempting to have the 1st Officer on the flight submit a report, as well. PD))