Reader Submitted ReportWhile flying home from the east coast Sept 13, 2007 approx. 6:30pm pt I saw out of the right side of the airplane an extremely bright white light in the distance.
We were 1 1/2 hrs from landing at LAX so I am not sure where we were at dusk but the light was so unusual. I pointed it out to my Dad who was with me, I am not a child, 51.
The man behind me noticed it also and when I showed Dad he said he had been watching also. We eventually passed it out to the side of us and what seemed the same altitude. As we passed it over a 15 min. timeframe, it began to turn orange and was in a shape of a hot air balloon. It seemed to look like a balloon on fire hovering over this small patch of lights on the ground, a very small town if that.
After passing it, the object began to turn white again and got smaller and smaller until I couldn't see it. As we approached it over a 15 min timeframe the light was bright and slowly turned orange but the shape and brightness was the same but as we passed it and pulled away the light disentagrated in the same amount of time or less.
I mentioned it to the flight attendant, she looked at it and was just as amazed as I was. She said to ask the pilot about it when we land. There is NO WAY he could not have seen it. It was so close and bright. When I asked him about it, he said he didn't see anything. That tells me he knew something. Otherwise he would have said he saw it and didn't know what it could be.
I will never know but I do think I saw something unusual that was not from here. It was too high for a balloon, a rocket would have moved, and it was too low for a