|Occurred : 3/8/2013 20:15 (Entered as : 03/08/2013 20:15)
Reported: 3/8/2013 7:10:44 PM 19:10
Location: Aurora, IL
|Three orange lights in formation
I was driving on Ogden Avenue in Aurora, Illinois at 8:15PM on Friday March 8, 2013. As usual, there were a number of planes in the air traveling west to east as the landing path for Chicago Midway Airport passes directly overhead. The planes typically have a white light with blue and red flashing lights on the wings.
As I was driving, I looked out of my car window to the north and there were three very bright orange objects in the sky. The objects were traveling east to west, the opposite direction of the plane traffic. They were at a lower altitude than the planes and were bunched together traveling in a line at the same speed. They appeared to be very low flying planes, but they were too close to each other and not the right color to be planes. After a few seconds the leading object changed direction and started moving in a northerly direction while the other two continued in the westerly direction. When the first object changed direction it appeared to have fire coming out of it. Within ten seconds they were out of my view after continuing on their respective paths (2 to the west and 1 to the north) at a high rate of speed. I am not a trained eye, but the objects appeared to be airplane sized, traveled at low altitude and were moving at least as fast as the planes in the sky if! not faster.
The lights were significant enough that the traffic in front of me on a very busy highway stopped to look at them nearly causing a traffic accident. The skies here are very congested with planes flying into O’Hare and Midway, medical helicopters and private planes from several local airports, but these did not have any of the characteristics of a plane or helicopter and clearly stood out as people were stopping to look at them.