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HOUSTON — Federal officials said they are investigating a report from a Continental Airlines pilot who told air-traffic controllers he was startled to see what looked like a model rocket with a flaming tail shoot past his cockpit window shortly after takeoff.
No hobby clubs had requested or been granted clearance to launch high-powered model rockets on Memorial Day when a Continental Airlines pilot reported seeing such an object zoom past his cockpit window, authorities said Tuesday.
The FBI and Federal Aviation Administration continued to review the radar history of Flight 1544, which departed with 148 passengers from George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:17 a.m. Monday. The flight's crew, en route to Cleveland, Ohio, spotted an object with a white vapor trail about eight miles northeast of Houston's airport.
While the data is still under review, FBI spokesman Rich Kolko of Washington, D.C., said, "It happened at about 5,000 feet, and the object was maybe a mile or two in front of the plane."
Continental Airlines officials declined to comment Tuesday on exactly what Flight 1544's pilot and other crew members saw Monday.
Jenni Etgen, treasurer of the Houston Chapter of Tripoli Rocketry Association, said none of the area rocket clubs had scheduled launches over the holiday weekend.
Originally posted by jasonjnelson
I posted this in this forum, because I am tired of reading the arguments of skeptics who state that pilots are no more credible in their sightings than any other observer...
This article proves that they know the difference in seconds between what they see up there.
Originally posted by yeti101
pilots are only humans and can make mistakes too.