This weekend, we got calls into the
newsroom from viewers saying they saw
something that looked like a comet shooting
though the sky. It turns out they weren't just
seeing things. We were able to catch it on
Just after 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening, KLTV 7
photographer Jason Hewes captured a comet-like
object that appeared for a few seconds, then
just went away. We took the video to Tyler
Aviation Training, where it attracted a crowd.
Mario McGee owns the school and spent 23
years in the Air Force.
"It could be several things," he said.
"I've seen rockets making these kinds of
maneuvers, but if it's just something up there
burning up in space, than that could be
it. Otherwise, I have no idea."
He said the speed of the object leads him
to believe it's not an aircraft. After seeing
the video, retired Air Force pilot Bill
Halbert, has a different thought.
"My first impression is that that would be
a contrail," Halbert said. "As it goes by us,
then it gets out of the range of the sun
reflecting back to us and it's reflecting back
to the left, I believe that's what that is."
A contrail or a stream of condensation left
by jet air crafts is typical at certain
altitudes. Randy Ball has been flying
commercial airplanes for the last 15 years, he
also flys jets in air shows. He likes the
contrail theory, but just isn't sure.
"It could be a cold spot in the air.
You've had some pretty dramatic drops in
temperature over the last few days. I've also
seen some space debris come through like
that," he said. "Very interesting video,
For a final word, we showed the video to
Chuck Schrecongost. He's the tower manager at
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
"That's nothing like a jet liner would do
with the contrails and so forth, with the
light reflecting off of it," he said. Chuck
said it's not a meteor either.
"It's my 45th year of air traffic control,
'Have you ever seen anything like that?,' No."
There were no military planes scheduled to
fly over East Texas on Sunday. We also checked
with groups that keep up with meteorites and
space debris. They weren't aware of any of