Reports Report 4635cl (Event 4635-2016)

Name William W
Experience Level 4/5
Remarks Also sighted by numerous other pilots and discussed and noted on normal as well as emergency frequencies at air traffic control centers and towers
Address Cross City, FL
Latitude 29° 34' 46'' N (29.579445°)
Longitude 83° 2' 39.08'' W (-83.044189°)
Elevation 8.93m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2016-11-21 23:15 EST
UT Date & Time 2016-11-22 04:15 UT
Duration ≈3.5s
Moving direction From up to down
Descent Angle 180°
Facing azimuth 180°
First azimuth 180°
First elevation 19°
Last azimuth 180°
Last elevation -
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -28
Color White
Concurrent Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation Unknown
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Yes
Duration 2s
Length 60°
Remarks Intense, bright, white light, which lit up the flight deck of my aircraft, changed to glowing red, orange which fell in numerous fragments to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico due south from my location. My aircraft was at an altitude of 7,000 feet mean sea level.
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Intense blinding, bright white to a shower of glowing red, orange to the surface
Observation Yes
Remarks Similar to flares a military plane might use to evade a missle. Air traffic control reported no known military flare activity.