Location of Sighting: Started Near Colorado Springs, Colorado
Date of Sighting: October 14, 2019
Time of Sighting: 10:10 PM MDT
Description: My 17 year old son and I were on a SW Airlines flight from Denver to Albuquerque last night. The 9:50 flight left closer to 10 PM. About 10 minutes into the flight he started seeing bursts of light below us, and called me to the window to watch them. I would guess that would put us over Colorado Springs. The lights burst larger and smaller, sometimes a good 300 feet across (guessing), and sometimes smaller. Sometimes they in a pattern of three bursts, then stopping for a bit. Sometimes the burst was between a low cloud and the ground. The lights kept pace with us for 13 minutes. Then we didn’t see them again for 15 minutes. Lastly we saw them on more time, moving in a zigzag pattern near a river. They didn’t flash over densely populated areas, but did over slightly populated areas. The light was always white, and solid (not sparkling like a firework). A few times it was two bursts at once. We asked our flight attendant our speed, which she pulled up online at 472 miles per hour. I wouldn’t think anything flying that fast should be that low to the ground. We tried to record it and may have gotten the last bit of burst of what we saw.
Note: Witness thought that other passengers likely did not see the lights. The flight was quite late and many people were likely sleeping. She and her son were sitting in the rear of the aircraft.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will only be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory. Also the name that you list in the comment will be posted. Use abbreviations or aliases if you don't want your name listed.
It sounds like lightning.
No way. I checked weather maps and the area was under high pressure. There were no thunderstorms.