|Occurred : 5/19/2005 22:00 (Entered as : 05/19/2005 22:00)
Reported: 5/23/2005 7:40:30 PM 19:40
Location: Montgomery (50 miles west of; inflight), AL
|pilots see unknown
Enroute from Houston to Columbia, SC at 35,000 feet in a jet airliner.
As captain I noticed an unknown aircraft at my 10 o'clock position high. At first I thought it was another aircraft and looked at my TCAS. There was no aircraft around in that vicinity.
I then looked back at the craft noticing it was passing us like we were sitting still while we were at Mach .78. I also noticed it was at least 40,000 feet higher than us.
Pointed the target out to the first officer and she saw it as well. It may have been a satellite but it seemed to change directions as got directly off our nose and then dissappeared.
Object seemed to have a strobes. We both know it was not a shooting star so it was either satellite or unexplained.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain semi-anonymous. PD))