|Occurred : 7/23/2011 11:00 (Entered as : 07/23/11)
Reported: 2/18/2013 6:55:06 PM 18:55
Location: Western U.S. (commercial flight),
|Western U.S.: Metal / gray sphere seen during commercial flight
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, I traveled from Las Vegas, Nevada to Denver, Colorado with a flight layover in Salt Lake City Utah.
Delta flight #840 was scheduled to depart Las Vegas at 7:55 AM for arrival in Salt Lake City at 10:20 AM. Following the layover, Skywest Air (Delta partner) flight #4524 was scheduled to depart Salt Lake City at 11:05 AM for arrival in Denver at 12:32 PM.
During one of these two flights (I am having difficulty finding the note I made on which flight) I looked out of the right side of the plane (I had a window seat). Traveling in the opposite direction of the plane, at an altitude a bit lower than the plane, and at a distance of approximately 120 - 250 meters away, I clearly observed a gray metal sphere.
The object had a diameter that was approximately the same as an exercise ball (or about 2.5 or 3.5 feet). I was immediately shaken /startled at how close this sphere was to the airplane.
I thought to myself that this object, and it was clearly an object, could have been a severe threat had it collided with our aircraft. I discussed it with nobody as (1) it was gone in an instant and (2) I was concerned that a report may draw alarm by the passengers or airline crew, even though the object harmlessly passed by.
I do not know if other passengers or crew saw the object. However, I did imagine that others who looked out the window would have likely seen it.
Again it was moving in the opposite direction of the plane at a trajectory that was roughly parallel to our travel path. So, it is difficult to approximate the speed of the object as both the plane and the sphere were both in motion.
There are no photos or video of this event, as I could not react quickly enough.
I plan to continue to search for my notes that may help specify which of the two flights corresponded with the sighting, at which time I will file an updated account with NUFORC.
This is my sixth UFO sighting report to NUFORC. The other five were for sightings that took place on:
1. 2/6/97 (Mesa, AZ)---Close up triangle. Original report was updated with map.
2. 4/26/09 (Brooklyn, NY)---Orb
3. 5/14/11 (Brooklyn, NY)---Lights
4. 7/10/11 (Brooklyn, NY)---Brilliant light / orb 5. 7/30/12 (Brooklyn, NY)---Orb