|Occurred : 4/22/2013 18:00 (Entered as : 04/22/2013 18:00)
Reported: 5/1/2013 7:58:35 AM 07:58
Location: Phoenix, AZ
|Flying sphere passes by American Airlines flight 1367 on final approach to Phoenix.
April 22, 2013, American Airlines, flight 1367, Chicago to Phoenix, window seat 12A on final approach. Just before 6pm on a clear and sunny day.
The airplane was moving from west to east as it positioned for final approach, coming in over North Phoenix along Shea Boulevard. We were low, in the 2,000 foot range. Watching out the window, I see what I assume to be an executive jet heading toward us. It is noticeably close so I pay more attention. As we pass by each other, I am surprised to see that there are no wings and no fuselage.
It is a sphere; gray and reflective. It was a stunningly odd site to watch a sphere pass us by. I fly a lot and know what an aircraft or balloon looks like. This was a sphere; it may have been 10 – 15 feet in diameter and was traveling east to west. It is within field of view for maybe five seconds and then gone.
At this point, the aircraft is over Red Rock on the Salt River where people tube.