August 10th 2004

Chandler, Arizona Metallic Object Observed Around Jetairliner (Southwest Airlines)

Date: August 10, 2004
Time: 5:40 p.m.

Message: My wife and I live in Chandler, Arizona, just south of Phoenix. On August 10, 2004 at 5:40 pm we were on our back patio looking north at an approaching thunderstorm. Thinking to get a better view, we walked through our apartment to the front door and went outside. As we looked north, towards Phoenix and Sky Harbor Airport, we noticed what appeared to be a Southwest Airlines jet flying from right to left, heading west, a common thing to see. What happened next was NOT common. Approaching rapidly towards the rear of the jet was a metallic object, guessing to be approximately 30-40 feet in diameter, completely round, with no visible means of propulsion or contrails. It closed to within 50 feet or so of the tail of the jet, hovered there (while keeping pace), then maneuvered to just off the right side wing, where it hovered for about 10 seconds, then moved forward out of our sight towards the front of the plane, where the body of the plane kept it from our view, until we lost sight of both in the distance.

Unfortunately we had no camera to record this, and it happened over the space of about 2 minutes total. This plane had to have left Sky Harbor at 5:35 or so, heading west, to be where it was when we witnessed this, perhaps it could be identified and the crew and passengers asked about what they saw. They HAD to have seen this thing, since it was so close to them. It did bear a remarkable resemblance to so-called "orbs" I've seen described and pictured here and elsewhere. This is the absolute truth as we saw it.

Thank you to the witness for the very interesting report. Sounds like another close encounter with an aircraft.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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