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Pilot witnesses two "pale red lights" over Louisiana

By Ted Bonnitt on September 29th, 2014
Pilot witnesses two "pale red lights" over Louisiana
Witness photograph of two "pale red lights" that hovered over Lafayette, LA, before flying over the horizon. Credit: NUFORC.
Witness photograph of two "pale red lights" that hovered over Lafayette, LA, before flying over the horizon. Credit: NUFORC.

Two, “pale” red lights hovered next to each other before flying off at an extreme rate of speed, according to witnesses in Lafayette, LA, on the night of September 23, 2014.

The lights were observed for 30-40 seconds by one of the witnesses, who identified himself as a pilot in his report to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

The reporting witness and a friend were reclining in an open field near the South College Shopping Center and saw several shooting stars. At 11:30 PM, they spotted the strange lights. 

“As a pilot, I can assure you that what my friend and I saw was no airplane,” the witness stated.

“I was with my friend star gazing, looking up at the sky while lying on a blanket, what happened next occurred at ~23:30 on 9/23/14. Two pale red lights one sitting right next to the other, appeared out of nowhere, about 3° separated from each other.”

The witness reported that the objects were silent and had no flashing lights or wings familiar to aircraft and described what they saw as, “Just two solid red lights.”

The witness estimated that the lights were at an altitude of about 20,000 as they hovered directly overhead for about 10 seconds. The lights began “moving across the sky…far faster than any aircraft that I know of.”

The objects “disappeared into the atmospheric haze at roughly 10-15° elevation.”

The witness was certain that what he saw was an unknown flying object.

“I take a special pride in my ability to recognize planes at night and this is nothing like anything I have ever seen in my life..”

NUFORC interviewed the witness and found him “ to be quite serious-minded and eloquent.”  Director Peter Davenport noted that he was “a very good witness.” 

Original witness report:

Two pale red lights one sitting right next to the other, appeared, hovered and moved across the sky.

As a pilot, I can assure you that what my friend and I saw was no airplane.

I was with my friend star gazing, looking up at the sky while lying on a blanket, what happened next occurred at ~23:30 on 9/23/14. Two pale red lights one sitting right next to the other, appeared out of nowhere, about 3° separated from each other. 

They appeared almost directly above us in the sky and hovered there for roughly 10 seconds, they were 90° perpendicular to the ground, dead center in the top of the sky from my perspective, from that point they moved across the sky in an extremely fast fashion at an approximate heading of 180°. 

They continued to move across the sky until they disappeared into the atmospheric haze at roughly 10-15° elevation. 

During this time it was completely silent, no sounds of motors and/or jets, no flashing beacon/anti-collision lights from aircraft wings or empennages, just two solid red lights. 

Based on pure speculation the lights appeared to be roughly 20,000 feet in the air and for them to be moving across the sky in excess of 15-20 degrees second that would have to mean they were moving extremely fast; Far faster than any aircraft that I know of. 

I take a special pride in my ability to recognize planes at night and this is nothing like anything I have ever seen in my life..

It should also be noted that there were an abundance of shooting stars this night.

This sighting occurred at 30°12'13.51"N, 92° 2'28.84"W

((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with the witness, and he sounded to us to be quite serious-minded and eloquent. We suspect that he is a very good witness. PD))

Occurred : 9/23/2014 23:30 (Entered as : 9/23/14 23:30)

Reported: 9/25/2014 11:57:22 AM 11:57

Posted: 9/25/2014

Location: Lafayette, LA

Shape: Light

Duration:30-40 seconds


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