|Occurred : 1/20/2000 13:30 (Entered as : 01/20/00 13:30)
Reported: 1/20/2000 17:50
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
|Saucer, 15' diameter, nw direction, no sound
While walking during lunch a small plane caught my attention, as it was directly above the landing approach for commercial aircraft into SLC international airport. When I focused I noticed an object of the same aproximate mass just NW of the plane. At first glance it appeared to be a balloon but the fact that the small plane had begun to turn back in its direction caused me to take a good look. the plane did not fully turn back and the object got my complete attention. I lost my theory of a balloon when i noticed its steady and deliberate nw trajectory. It did however move very slowly without any sound. It was overcast in SLC today but as it came closer I did notice a slight shadow on the west facing underside. thats when i realized it definitely was something unusual. I watched for aprox 8 minutes, hoping to peek the interest of motorists on 3600 west street. not knowing what to do I continued back to work glancing back several times, the last time I looked back (aprox 10 min into event) the object was gone. I work at a very consertive place and aginst my better judgement I reluctantly told two of the more open minded people what I had seen. Im sure they think Im nuts but I had to share this event! If i was to form an opinion as to the objects purpose/origin it was what I would think an unmanned observation craft might look like, I say this based on the size, shape and demeanor of the craft. Lastly I would sure like to speak to the pilot of that small plane & I hope because of the proximity to SLC Int airport there is a radar record of this event.