|Occurred : 4/23/2007 05:00 (Entered as : 04/23/07 5:00)
Reported: 5/31/2007 2:34:52 PM 14:34
Location: North Atlantic Ocean,
|2 passengers observe glowing, red sphere during trans-Atlantic flight
My sister and I were aboard an overnight flight (Delta 38) from Cincinnati to London Gatwick. When our aircraft was less than four hours from destination, perhaps in the vicinity of Iceland, sometime after 5 a.m. GMT, the sky was still dark. While my sister went to the lavatory, I moved over into her window seat to see if there was light on the horizon.
Situated several rows behind the port wing, I noticed a spherical red light toward the rear of the aircraft. At first, I wondered if it was attached to the tail, since it appeared close and much larger than the stars, the same apparent size as the wing light, though less bright. That I immediately ruled out, as it was too far away from the plane. It was impossible to tell if this sphere was a glowing object at some distance or a light on some larger, dark object at closer range.
When my sister returned we both observed this light – not the regular wing lights and strobe of conventional skycraft, but a single, deep red light or glowing orb that flew at our altitude, keeping pace exactly with our airliner. We watched it a good thirty seconds before it veered off to the side and receded quickly into the distance. We must have been flying in some cloud cover because the red object appeared to be increasingly enveloped in fog, the farther away it traveled. This probably indicates it was closer than another plane should have been or it would have been obscured in the cloud.
Upon landing, I decided to quiz the captain, who stood outside the cockpit as we deplaned. "Did you see that red bogey that was pacing us on the port side at around 5 o'clock?" I asked rather loudly. He replied that he hadn't, chuckled and said jokingly, “It might have been a UFO.” It was there long enough that I don't know how he could have missed it.
We told all the people we visited in England about our sighting, and one woman said she was relieved to hear someone else describe such a thing, because she had seen something very similar on a night flight.
I will gladly speak with any investigator interested in this sighting but doubt there is anything further I could add to this report.