Liberty Co., FAA to discuss report of object near plane
By MIKE GLENN Copyright 2009 HOUSTON CHRONICLE
June 1, 2009, 11:38PM
Liberty County Sheriff’s officials are expected to meet with the FAA on Tuesday to discuss what a Continental Express pilot reported as a “missile or rocket” flying near his airplane.
A pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that at about 8:15 p.m. Friday, an object passed within 150 feet beneath the aircraft, sheriff’s officials said.
The aircraft was near the southern edge of the county, flying at about 13,000 feet, officials said.
“The pilot, from what we understand, was former military. He was able to get the coordinates down real quick,” said Cpl. Hugh Bishop with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s deputies searched Friday night for signs of evidence where a missile might have been launched or landed.
“We couldn’t find anything,” Bishop said.