In spring of 2016 (maybe may) i was working for intel and flying on the corporate commuter jet which seats around 50 people from hillsboro, or into san jose, ca. this was a flight iâ€™d taken many times before. it was a clear, sunny day, close to midday. we had begun descent, flying generally over tomales bay (i think). we were at perhaps 5000-10000ft (rough estimate). i was sitting on the right side of the plane, so looking out the window i could see to the s-sw. i was watching a several other planes (smaller ones, i thought) below us against the backdrop of hills around what i believe was point reyes, most of which were flying along a similar trajectory. the hills were very green at that time of year, so that provided a good contrast. as i was watching one particular other plane, very small and below us/to the sw flying in roughly the same direction, a highly reflective silver/chrome spherical object flew between our plane and the one below. it was headed on what seemed to be a se to nw trajectory (so roughly opposite relative to my plane). it appeared much closer than the other plane, making it seem maybe 10-20ft in diameter. it flew along a straight line at a speed which seemed at the time to be very fast, faster than our plane. it was in my view for maybe 2-3 seconds, long enough to think, â€œwhat the heck is that?Â€� distance, size, and speed were very difficult to judge, of course, so this is just how it appeared to me. i didnâ€™t see any apparent means of propulsionâ€”just a sphere. i asked a colleague if she had seen anything when we landed, but she had been working on her laptop, not looking outside. for the record, i hadnâ€™t had any alcohol or other substances and judging by the detail i could see of other planes my visibility was quite good. at the moment it happened i thought perhaps some kind of drone, but it looked much too large, too fast, too high and with no propellers and not shaped like any drones iâ€™ve seen before or since. iâ€™ve wondered since if it may have been a weather/science balloon or just a trick of light, but it looked perfectly smooth and reflective, with no seam or other features and it was a perfect sphere, which is unlike any weather balloon iâ€™ve ever seen. plus who would launch a weather balloon that big in such a busy flight path? and as for being a trick of light, like a reflection from another plane or something, i just donâ€™t think so. i saw a spherical object, just as clearly as i could see anything else. this has been a strange aside iâ€™ve mentioned a few times over the three years since when the subject of ufos comes up. iâ€™ve googled it and saw a few mentions of reports that seemed similar, but it wasnâ€™t until today reading about the navyâ€™s updated policies for their pilots to report sightings that i decided to file my own report, for whatever itâ€™s worth. the washington post reported, â€œin some cases, pilotsâ€”many of whom are engineers and academy graduatesâ€”claimed to observe small spherical objects flying in formation. [...] these vehicles all had no air intake, no wind and no exhaust.Â€� i thought gosh, thatâ€™s damn close to what i saw. maybe the pilots saw it, as well. at any rate, itâ€™s the only ufo iâ€™ve ever seen. pretty bizarre.
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PA Media December 26, 2021