May 10th 2004

Edmonton, Alberta Corporate Jet Pilot Sighting

Date: May 10, 2004
Time: Between 12:18 -12:28 a.m.

"I am a highly experienced Corporate jet pilot operating out of the West Coast of British Columbia. I was a crew member on our Company aircraft during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 10, 2004 on a flight from Syracuse, New York to Calgary, Alberta. No passengers were on board, only the 2 pilot crew. As we approached Empress, Alberta and preparing for descent, we noticed a very bright light in the Northwest sky at about 12 degrees above the horizon. As the bright light (same intensity as Venus or Jupiter) travelled Southeast bound and came closer it "seemed" to transform into approximately 9 objects.

The other pilot maintains that there was more like l2 objects. For the record, our cruising altitude at this time was 39000.' The salient feature was that the 3 trailing objects were approximately 1/3 of the brightness of the forward numbers which, as stated, were at least as bright as the planet Venus. The objects appeared to be flying in an organized formation and at a very considerable speed. I estimate roughly 700 -1000 Nautical miles per hour and possibly very much faster. Both pilots agree the duration of the event was about 15 seconds. There was no apparent trajectory and the lights appeared to maintain a perfectly level altitude throughout the duration.

We were in perfectly clear conditions over the entire prairie region and at the time of the occurrence. I have seen hundreds of meteors during flight at night and have the absolute conviction this was NOT a meteor, nor a meteor breaking up. This because of a total lack of trajectory. At the time I believed the objects were flying at approximately 10,000' and at a distance of perhaps 5-15 Nautical miles at their closest point. As many would understand, distances and altitudes at night can be extremely hard to judge with certainty but the preceding estimate is the best I can suggest. The time of this event was not written down. Working backwards from the known landing time at Calgary I maintain the approximate time of the event was 12:23 a.m, Sunday, May 10/04 with a fudge factor of plus or minus 5 minutes. THEREFORE, best estimate is the sighting occurred between 12:18 -12:28 a.m. This occurrence was definitely spectacular enough that I would have believed numerous aircraft would have asked Edmonton Centre what this was. Being early Sunday morning, air traffic would certainly have been the lightest of the week. Surprisingly, NO calls emanated from any aircraft. And we decided we should clam up as well. The following is noteworthy: I have carefully worked the internet (hbccufo) to try and discern if other reports came in that night over southern Alberta. One will discover not less than 6 reports, some spectacular, that occurred at, or near Edmonton during our time frame. I am hard pressed to think other than that most, or all, of those described events are linked to the phenomenon we observed."

HBCC UFO Note: I spent some time talking to the witness on the telephone and the person notes that: (Pilots words: (If one considers there is linkage to these events (ours to one or more of the other 3), and considering the others apparently involve low altitude movements (close to treetops) it all becomes very very intriguing). Now wonder what really did take place that early morning now knowing that these lights were making low altitude movements "close to treetops" ! A very credible witness with some other amazing reports he has told me.

I would like to thank the witness for the report and taking the time with me on the telephone.

Thank you very much to the witness for the report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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