|Occurred : 6/22/2006 17:00 (Entered as : 062206 17:00)
Reported: 6/24/2006 10:52:30 PM 22:52
Location: Houston, TX
|small black object seen over IAH airport during thunderstorm flying from the NW to the SE while airport was shutdown for weather
During a massive thunderstorm build up over Houston IAH Airport I was standing with 2 other airline employees on the top of terminal A's parking garage out of curiousity, watching the incredibly beautiful cloud formation and intense green blue colors of the thunderstorm. I noticed, over the nearby parallel north-south runways, a very small black object moving in a straight line under the clouds going in a direction from northwest to southeast ..perhaps at an altitude of 1000 to 2000 feet...its speed was that of a slow moving airplane not a jet...but not as slow as a bird...The winds were gusting to 35mph which I had checked on our company's weather information page prior to taking the elevator to the top floor of the building and the airport was closed at this time for takeoffs and landings. The clouds were literally swirling in 3 directions overhead and windshear must have been pretty strong ...all air traffic on the ramp had come to a halt and no planes were landing. This object was big enough to be noticeable but too small to determine the exact shape which was so frustrating though I want to say that it did not look aerodynamic for some reason. There was no wing flapping motion and even though one of my friends told me it had to be a bird, I'm not certain a bird could hold it course going through a severe thunderstorm without being tossed around or altering its flight path . I would think at this point it would be blown all over the place as even we were being buffeted and pushed around by the winds. Nor could a bird traverse the entire airport In 1 minute as it had crossed the field in a straight line neither moving up or down and as it traversed the airport going south east I could see that the object neither moved to the right or left but continued on this straight axis to the end of the cloud build up....possibly 2 miles away then swung up at the end of the cloud bank and went into the upper clouds in an extreme parabolic path....its flight path was neither typical of a bird or a plane. 1 thing was puzzling and that was even when it was at its closest to terminal A we could not make out its shape yet even when it was far away we could still see the black object....