Reports Report 3717e (Event 3717-2017)

Name Anthony R
Experience Level 1/5
Remarks I am the copilot of a Delta flight from Richmond to New York. Very bright flashes observed shortly after takeoff from Richmond. This was also observed by several other aircraft in the vicinity. Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center received several reports and asked if we saw it as well. Aircraft was approx. 5000 feet, on a heading of 055 when flashes were observed.
Address Richmond, VA
Latitude 37° 30' 23.29'' N (37.50647°)
Longitude 77° 19' 56.25'' W (-77.332291°)
Elevation 47.314m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2017-10-13 20:35 EDT
UT Date & Time 2017-10-14 00:35 UT
Duration <1s
Moving direction From up left to down right
Descent Angle 110°
Facing azimuth 55°
First azimuth 40°
First elevation 20°
Last azimuth 60°
Last elevation 20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -14
Color Light Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation Yes
Remarks Two series of very bright flashes
Observation Unknown
Remarks -