|Occurred : 7/4/2009 22:39 (Entered as : 07/04/2009 22:39)
Reported: 7/5/2009 12:00:29 PM 12:00
Location: Chester, WV
|Large, steady red light. Observed 6 minutes minimal motion, accelerated and disappeared in 10 seconds.
I observed a distinct red light through the kitchen window. I went outside to make sure it was not just a reflection off the glass. High in the western sky and above the broken cloud layer was a large bright red light. It was slowly traveling west to east for possibly 3 minutes. The thin cloud layer did not impede the brightness of the light at any time. After being stationary for 30 seconds, the light became a rapid acceleration to the south and completely disappeared in 10 seconds. I am a private pilot (instrument-rated) and can say definitely this in no way resembled a commercial airplane at the approx altitude of 10,000 feet. I frequently watch commercial aircraft over my house on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport. This object would have been in PIT’s airspace or above. Possibly a contact with Pittsburgh ATC could verify a radar contact. The object was much larger and brighter than a commercial high flying aircraft. The color was always a distinct red. It was not airplane navigation lights.