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"Suddenly we saw in the distance a strong, intense flash of white light that took a downward, vertical trajectory and disappeared in six seconds," the pilot of an Air Comet flight from Lima to Madrid told his company, the El Mundo newspaper reported. "We did not hear any communication on any emergency or air to air frequency either before or after this event."
Something smells fishy here. The UFO theory seems more plausable every day...
Originally posted by ohh_pleasee
Donnie Darko anyone?
Second line. Sorry for the short post, but thats all I can honestly think of.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by scordar
The only thing that's fishy is your leap of logic.
Where do they say "strange" white light?
I'll go out on a limb here and say that maybe what was seen was lightning.
...Just a hunch
[edit on 5/6/09 by Chadwickus]
"Suddenly, we saw in the distance a strong and intense flash of white light, which followed a descending and vertical trajectory and which broke up in six seconds," the captain wrote in the report, Llodra said.
"Given the coincidence of time and place, I bring to your attention these elements so that they may be, possibly, useful in casting a light on the facts," the added in the report which has been sent to Air France, Airbus and the Spanish aviation security authority.
The Air Comet plane was flying some 60 kilometres (40 miles) further north than its scheduled route to avoid stormy weather, Llodra said.
"That night there were intense storms in the area," he said.
When the pilot reported seeing the light, the Air Comet flight was flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet and its position was seven degrees north latitude and 49 degrees west longitude.
Originally posted by noonebutme
So what seems more plausible?
1. The observed flash of light was actually lightning (from the reported storms in the area) stricking the plane, resulting in a massive explosion (cos as you might have heard, that funny smelling liquid stuff it uses called fuel is somewhat combustable), and the downard vertical trajectory be the plane itself node diving out of the sky in a giant fireball.
2. The plane and its occupants were host to a UFO mass abduction
3. The US used a test laser and it hit the plane.
I'll stick with #1 until evidence suggests otherwise.
EDIT: replace "lightning" for optional meteor as I too saw the online suggestions
[edit on 5-6-2009 by noonebutme]
So, in our reference 20-year period we have 720 million hours of flight time, times 125 meteors per hour, times 5.7×10-13 = 0.051, which we can take as the average number of airliners struck by meteors in the period 1989-2009. That’s a one-in-twenty chance of some plane going down for this reason in that 20 year period. Extrapolating to all flights ever would require a better estimate of total flight hours, but it’s not twenty times the number in the past 20 years, for sure - that is, it’s not yet close to one.