|Occurred : 2/15/2003 21:30 (Entered as : 2-xx-2003 21:30)
Reported: 2/16/2006 1:01:46 PM 13:01
Location: Miami, FL
Duration:5 to 10 mints
|Two pilots, we were coming in for a landing at night at Tamiami airport. The tower was closed so we were communicating with flight servisis on the tower frequency 118.9.
We were cleared for a landing to full stop on runway 9left. on final approach we noticed a number of lights approching the airport heading 270. they were spread out across the width of the airport and seemed to be manuvering strangely.
at least two of lights were slowly circling others verticaly. all of the lights were moving in unison.
We informed flight services of incoming traffic in the opposite direction after a few seconds they cam back a told us that earlier in the day there had been a helicopter fly by at a funeral. I didn't think so because of the manuevers and the fact that it was at night. But they advised me not to be conserned that they would probably use the helecopter approach before getting to the airport. We continued on and landed keeping an eye on the opposite approching traffic. All so obsered that the color of the lights were not standard in that some of them were blue and orange as well as yellow white and red. After landing we pulled off the runway and stopped to watch the lights. they seemed to be all separated none of them were attached to another. about a quarter of a mile out they all turned north heading 360 degrees and few off that way. we watch untill they were out of sight. Spoke again with miami radio on 118.9 they told us they had no contact with the lights either on radar or by radio. They appeared to be at 1000 feet or patter altitude and we saw them fly into miami class B airspace. no mention of the incident appeared in any paper or other media. There were two green, two white, two red, two blue, and one orage lights. They turned north with out any visable bank or change in formation they just all made a right turn and marched off. Niether I nor the other pilot in the plane have ever seen anything like that before.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD))