The Missile Mystery (Solved?)
a current event
- Monday, November 8, 2010
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) (10:07 am)US Airways Flight 808 departs HNL @ 10:07 AM Honolulu Time (12:07 pm Pacific Time), about 5 hours before the sighting in LA...headed to Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX).
Its flight path would take it directly over the Santa Monica Bay, just north of Catalina island: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AWE808/history/20101108/1955Z/PHNL/KPHX
Object Sighted (5:00 pm)Images of what appeared to be a missile launch were captured by a KCBS news helicopter in L.A. around sunset Monday evening around 5:00 PM. The location of the object estimated to be 35 miles west of L.A. in the vicinity of Catalina Island.
According to ATC tracking data on http://www.flightaware.com US Airways Flight 808 was at latitude 33.30, lng -118.59 at 5:00 PM, very close to Catalina Island at an altitude of 37,000 feet. This flight could have easily created the mysterious contrail.
A Flightaware user with the handle liembo has some very thorough research that corroborates these findings. Here's a link to research results that he posted: http://www.bahneman.com/liem/tmp/it_was_awe808.png
US Airways Flight 808 arrives PHX @ 5:37 PM Pacific Time.
- total distance: 2,916 miles (4.693 km)