|Occurred : 9/29/2004 22:00 (Entered as : 09/29/04 22:00)
Reported: 10/5/2009 10:54:27 AM 10:54
Location: Santa Rosa / Novato, CA
|Luminescent blue "lozenge" flew across nose of airplane at night. 6-8 feet long. Santa Rosa / Novato, CA
September 29, 2004 (from FAA logbook entry) Occurred during a night flight, as pilot, aircraft: PA-28 Approximately 10pm, 6500ft, west of Santa Rosa (KSTS), over the coast - unlimited visibility, had just looked west for jets, east for jets, south for jets, listening to Oakland Center.
Suddenly, BIG BLUE LIGHT at my 10 o'clock, flashing past the nose and off out over the ocean to my 2 o'clock. 2-3 seconds total.
Instinctually, I slammed the yoke forward and turned hard right.
At the same time I thought...
I JUST LOOKED and there was nothing? HOW could I could have missed a jet's landing light? WHY is there a jet at 6500 feet traveling west here? (it's not on any flight path that I know of) It's too late to "dive" out of the way, I'm going to get hit by turbulence no matter what..... then, I didn't get physically hit? Hey, if it's a landing light, how can I could still see it as it winked out over the ocean? This made no sense.
On first impression, a jet and the bright light I saw was the landing light - then thinking about it, No - it couldn't be a landing light - I could see it as it went away from me.
a meteor, A luminescent blue meteor? But, it didn't "get dim" over the ocean, it just "winked out". making me think: no smoke trail. How could it be a meteor? I couldn't figure out exactly how close it was - but, it appeared at my 10 o'clock and went over the ocean at about my 2 o'clock - and it was only visible for 2-3 seconds. So - it had to be darned close. If I had to guess, less than 200 feet. Maybe 6 to 10 feet long, 4-5 feet wide and 1-2 feet thick. Or maybe 100 feet and it would be a bit smaller.
No wind turbulence, no sound.
Weirdest thing I've seen.
I can't help thinking that some ET teenager swiped the keys to the saucer when the parents were out and went out with his buddy's for a night of ET style "cow tipping"......
btw: I was so shocked that I couldn't talk enough to call Oakland Center (ZOA).......