Occurred: 2023-09-01 17:08:00 Local
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Location details: Viewed from AA Flight #1614 upon final approach, approximately 8-10,000 ft altitude.
Shape: Orb
Duration: 15 seconds
No of observers: 1
Reported: 2023-09-02 09:27:56 Pacific
Posted: 2023-09-10 00:00:00
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aura or haze around object, Aircraft nearby

Airline passenger observed non drone UAP upon landing approach to ORD Airport on 09/01/2023.


On September 1st, 2023 just after 5 PM and in sunlight, I was a passenger on AA flight #1614. My flight was westbound, after banking 180 degrees over Lake Michigan and upon final approach, I observed a smoky silver metallic object headed East, toward the lake, at a slightly lower altitude, approximately 300' North of AA#1614. I estimate the altitude to be 8-10,000'. We were South of Howard Street and the object was North of my flight. We were flying just west of the Evanston McDonald's restaurant on Howard Street.

The object was moving at around the same speed as my flight in the opposite direction. The front of the object appeared to be "cloaked" and had a bright rear red glow. The cloaking was almost pixelated, like "Predator" character (movie) in the front only. The object operated as if it was a low altitude satellite or a moving "aeronautical buoy" (as if such a thing existed). I saw it pass by our plane but it did not react to my flight's presence. I was seated in seat #30F. I had my window shade up, but most window shades were down on the right side of my flight. I did not report to flight crew. I told my family and friends. I have excellent long range vision, but could not completely focus on the front of the object. I could focus on rear red glow. This was not a drone/UAV. I was not viewing this through my plane's jetwash. I fly regularly for work and can identify landmarks on the ground with regularity. I will never forget what I saw.

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