Oklahoma, 2003: UAPSRS Case No. 182

Oklahoma, 2003: UAPSRS Case No. 182

CASE STATUS: Resolved (see “Additional Info” field for details)

CountryUnited States
State or ProvinceOklahoma
Time7:35 PM CDT
Duration3 minutes
Witnesses (Number)1
Solid ObjectYes
SizeLarger than a star
Shape DetailsWhite light with halo surrounding it
How Many Lights1
How BrightSlightly brighter than surrounding stars
Light ColorationWhite
Motion/SpeedObject created arc to the east before disappearing.
Number of Objects2 (Pilot and First Officer)
Coordination/CommunicationNot Specified
DescriptionOn October 13th, 2023, a Senior Captain with one of the large U.S. commercial airlines (who requested their information be kept private) was flying from Kansas City International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Southeast of Tulsa, they noticed an unusual air traffic ahead that did not appear on TCAS. The secondary witness, the spouse of the primary witness, shared photos of the anomaly along with information about the flight number and route.
Nearby LandmarksSoutheast of Tulsa
AltitudeNot Specified
Advanced CapabilitiesNot Specified
Visible PayloadNot Specified
RadarNot Specified
SignaturesNot Specified
AwarenessNot Specified
AggressionNot Specified
Health EffectsNot Specified
Physical/Environmental EffectsNot Specified
Animal DisturbanceNot Specified
Witness FeelingsWitness was impressed when object “shot out/created the arc”.
Witness AssessmentWitness could not explain the anomalous object, which was not detectable on the aircraft’s TCAS.
Additional InfoCASE STATUS: RESOLVED. Rationale for case resolution: Images and flight details provided by secondary witness were successfully correlated with a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, which occurred on Friday, October 13 at 7:01 Eastern Time. The launch sent 22 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit on the evening of the sighting. The “rings” of smoke that were produced by the object (referred to by the witness as a “glow” or “halo” surrounding the object) are the exhaust from the Merlin 1D engines on board the rocket, which has been known to produce similar ringlike vaporous formations before in the past. Several ground-based observers on the same evening filmed and photographed the rocket, providing a near-perfect match for the object in the images provided by the secondary witness. UAPSRS concludes with high confidence that the anomaly was a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.



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Oklahoma, 2003: UAPSRS Case No. 182