|Occurred : 1/16/2019 09:00 (Entered as : 01/16/19 09:00)
Reported: 1/18/2019 9:05:42 AM 09:05
Location: Pine Springs, TX
|Motionless grey object above 30k
I was flying on Southwest 2168 on 16 January 2019, flying between Las Vegas, NV, and San Antonio, TX. While admiring the beautiful Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas, my eyes settled on an aircraft that soon entered my field of view.
It was haze gray in color, spherical or perhaps saucer-shaped, and hung in the sky to the left of my plane at about 20 degrees below the horizon. As it drifted under the wing I tried to make out the direction it was traveling or any wings I could discern but could not. My plane's wing eventually obscured the object and I was unable to relocate it.
I thought it was just another aircraft until a just few minutes later when an approaching airliner flew safely past my plane, streaking contrails as it did. It was only then that I realized the object I had seen had produced no contrails whatsoever and may have not even been moving.
The sighting occurred about 9 AM CST. SWA 2168 was flying at 41,000 feet and was somewhere south of Pine Springs, TX. I estimate the object was 5-10k feet below my plane though it is difficult to gauge the size/distance of something unfamiliar.