WATCH: 'Falling' object in Anchorage skies caught on video
An object was recorded in the skies over Anchorage Tuesday night, but the truth wasn’t out there when KTVA checked with various federal agencies.
A video submitted to KTVA Wednesday by Adonus Baugh shows a plume following an object tracking across local skies as two people discuss it.
“You see that? It’s something falling,” a woman asks.
“Yeah, definitely falling,” a male voice agrees.
Facebook user Bebe Kang said in a since-deleted Alaska Scanner Joe post, containing two photos of the object, that she saw it at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday.
“It didn’t look like an airplane or one of those jets. It was big, super slow and RED!!” Kang wrote. “I tried to get a video but it got further and smaller.”
On Wednesday, Kang said she deleted the photos because she “didn’t want people to think I was seeing aliens.”
“I really just thought it might be an asteroid,” Kang wrote.
Kang saw the object as she was headed west on Dimond Boulevard, but her photos didn’t do it justice.
“But it was much more awesome to see in person,” she wrote. “It really didn’t look like a plane or a jet.”
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson spokeswoman Erin Eaton was checking Wednesday on whether JBER had any aircraft in flight near Anchorage at the time. A variety of aircraft operate from the base, ranging from F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III transports as well as E-3 Sentry AWACS command jets.
“That doesn't look like any of our planes,” Eaton said.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said the object seen in the video was not an aircraft, and that the FAA didn’t receive any reports of aviation issues Tuesday night.
Peter Davidson, the director of the Washington-based National UFO Reporting Center, said Wednesday that he believes the object is “a high-altitude jet airliner, with a contrail behind it.”
“It is in level flight, but because it is flying away from the camera, it appears to be ‘falling,’” Davenport wrote. “It is not, but parallax makes it look that way.”
Anchorage-based National Weather Service staff laughed when asked about the reports Wednesday.
Chris Klint, Angela Krenzien, Janis Harper, Jeremy Lagoo and Will Sandidge contributed information to this story.
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