|Occurred : 3/13/2009 15:45 (Entered as : 3-13-09 15:45)
Reported: 3/13/2009 11:00:25 PM 23:00
Location: Miami, FL
|Large hovering metallic object in path of landing aircraft
I was heading to class at FIU Engineering Campus, went to get a parking space and looked towards the north. Saw a shiny metallic object when first pulling into the parking lot so assumed it was a plane since it was the same relative size and shape as a plane and was reflective like the metallic body of a plane very visible in the afternoon sun.
I parked, checked the craft again and noticed it had not moved at all. I then assumed it was a blimp. But I do not know of any metallic blimps and this one was extremely reflective. And it was not the typical blimp shape, it looked more like a large jetliner from the side profile but I did not note a rear vertical fin. It also confused me since it appeared to be the same distance away from my position that I see the airplanes take as a path to land in Miami International Airport. I was running late to class so I did not observe it much longer.
If it was the distance I believe it to be, relative to my position= ~10 degrees CW from N @ 1 mile. So it would have been almost directly above International Mall. I know some stores fly balloons but this would have been very unlikely since planes take a direct path over the mall to land in the airport 3 miles to the east. And it's altitude was roughly the same if not slightly higher than planes that use that path to land.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))