By Reader Submitted ReportAbout a month ago, this past November 2008, I was flying back from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Toronto, Ontario. It was about 8 or 9 pm, and the flight had been uneventful. I always select a window seat, and I have, for most of my adult life, been aware of the existence of UFOs, and usually take time to observe the night sky, particularly when I am in unfamiliar areas.
It was a clear night, and as we made a long approach to Pearson International airport, the lights of other approaching aircraft were common. These included the bright white lights facing forward on the aircraft, and the flashing amber lights and the stationary red lights also.
I was looking directly at what I had assumed was an approaching aircraft. Our plane was at about ten thousand feet and this whitish light seemed to be around the same altitude. It appeared to be stationary, but I assumed this was because it was moving toward us.
Suddenly the light dropped more than a thousand feet straight down, and much more rapidly than free fall, or even a diving aircraft. I had to press up against the window to look down at it, and when I did, it executed a very sharp lateral course change and veered off east, out of my sight.
It took a moment for me to allow this to sink in, and I looked at the person sitting next to me, on my right. He had been watching out the window on and off as we approached, and I asked him "Did you see that?"
My tone may have been a bit odd, because he suddenly looked alarmed. "See WHAT?"
Needless to say, he hadn't been watching. I muttered something about a light dropping straight down, and then I laughed and said: "A UFO"
I have climbed mountains and flown often. I believe the distances I expressed are fairly accurate, and the speed of this thing was downright unearthly. If I had to guess how far it was from our aircraft, I would say no more than 2-3 km.
I also believe that we were close enough to the airport for this to have been on radar, we were probably 20 km east of the airport.
It happened very quickly, and being in the aircraft hindered my observation of the thing, but one thing is certain: I was looking straight at it when it dropped, and straight at it when it turned sharply and accelerated away.