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Whaahhh? Huhhh? This happened Friday night? And you slip this in at 12:30 Tuesday morning? I guess a possible surface to air missile shot at a commercial airline isn't newsworthy. Anyhow, any news about John and Kate plus eight?
Unless that missile was able to fly around for a couple days, I don't think that this missile could've taken that Air France flight down, since that plane went down yesterday [Monday] and the missile was spotted over Texas on Friday.
A Continental Express pilot reported seeing a "missile or rocket" flying near his aircraft over Texas Friday night, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The pilot told the Federal Aviation Administration an object was spotted within 150 feet below his airplane around 8:15 p.m. Friday night over Liberty County, Texas, the newspaper reported.
“The pilot, from what we understand, was former military," Cpl. Hugh Bishop of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department told the Chronicle. "He was able to get the coordinates down real quick,” said Cpl. Hugh Bishop with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department."
But, Bishop said deputies searched for where a missile might have been launched from and found nothing.
The plane was reportedly flying around 13,000 feet.
Passengers advised not to talk about incident
27 May 2008: Shortly after takeoff yesterday morning, the pilot of Continental Flight 1544 reported seeing a rapidly moving object with a thick smoke trail closing in on his aircraft and shooting past his cockpit window. According to some of the crew and passengers aboard Flight 1544 traveling from Houston to Cleveland, it appeared like some type of missile was headed toward the aircraft. The plane was at an altitude of 5,000 feet and 11 miles east of Bush Intercontinental Airport when the pilot radioed the control tower to report the sighting. The object was described as "missile-like with a thick contrail," and traveling at a high rate of speed.
It was on November 26, 2005 when the pilot of American Airlines Flight 612 reported a “near-hit” from what was described as a rocket as the aircraft was traveling over the Santa Monica Bay at approximately 5,000 feet. Although the incident received scant media attention, the Northeast Intelligence Network provided an extensive investigative report on the incident, complete with audio from the pilot and control tower, at this link.
The Houston Chronicle reports a Continental Airlines pilot was startled by what he described as a rocket that shot past his cockpit window Monday as Flight 1544 was about eight miles north of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The FAA is trying to establish a radar history, and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the incident, which happened about 10:30 in the morning.
Building rockets is a legitimate hobby," Herwig added, "but hobbyists have to let the FAA know what they're doing."
Robert Morehead, president of the Amateur Spaceflight Association in Houston, says that's not exactly accurate, as the FAA would only need to be notified if a rocket would be entering controlled airspace.
He said the only danger to an airliner might be if the rocket is ingested by an engine... and even then, it might not cause serious damage. He acknowledged getting a model rocket up into the flight levels is, well, "...not rocket science if you use a kit."
"There is a guy who claims his rocket has reached the threshold of space or 75 miles... there are lots of models that could fly as high as an airliner. You can do it with a 10- to 15-foot tall rocket and some little ones."
But, Bishop said deputies searched for where a missile might have been launched from and found nothing. The plane reportedly was flying around 13,000 feet. The FAA referred all questions to the sheriff's office. Attempts to the reach the FBI in Houston were not immediately successful.
Originally posted by pause4thought
reply to post by TeslaandLyne
Just to say the missile video clip was from a separate incident. As I understand it, it was provided as a tangental reference.
Originally posted by pause4thought
reply to post by BaxterBis
Fascinating contribution from dainoyfb, I have to say.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
reply to post by dainoyfb
I don't see any button for the ATS video.
Is there a page with instructions.