The witness was on a flight home from Tucson, AZ, to Denver, CO, at 5:06 p.m. on August 12, 2018.
“I saw out of the window of the plane an orb-like object hovering beside the wing of the plane,” the witness stated. “I first thought it was something on the window, but the UFO moved up and down in the same position. This made me curious about what this object really is. The object flew past the wing and I never saw it again.”
Colorado MUFON Field Investigator Jeffrey Hastings closed this case as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle.
“The witness provided two photos and one video,” Hastings stated in his report. “Photo #1 (Snapchat): I ran this photo through Fotoforensics. The ELA showed where the circle had been drawn by the witness, the JPEG quality was 95 percent. There were no hidden pixels but there were no ‘dates’ associated with the photos. I’ve not reviewed Snapchat photos in which someone has circled a portion of the image, so I’m not really sure what I should see. However, there was no reference to the use of additional photo editing software being used.
“Photo #2: I ran this photo through Fotoforensics. The ELA did not highlight any anomalies, the JPEG quality was 96 percent. There were no hidden pixels and all of the dates matched. There was no reference to any photo editing software being used.
“Video: Only reviewed it two dozen times. I simply don’t have the tools necessary to determine if a video has been altered. However, since the photos did not appear altered, I will place the video in the same category. I found the video to be very interesting. The witness felt the object was small; however, I disagree. I believe the object to be as large as an aircraft and much farther away than what the witness believed.
“During the first part of the video, I saw what at first I thought to be contrails; however, the color was darker instead of lighter, which is what I would be expect when a condensation trail is created. After a few more viewings, I became convinced that what I was seeing were not contrails, but a disturbance in the top boundary layer of the cloud below.
“The video moved around, and the focus came and went. This actually helped. When the focus went from outside to the window, that allowed me to determine that what was being videoed was not something as simple as something on the window. When the witness zoomed in, you can see lighter colors on the top and bottom. These are either wings from a standard man-made aircraft or an energy source emanating from both above and below the craft.”
Parker is a home rule municipality in Douglas County, Colorado, population 45,297.