UAP Reported to Kansas City ATC by "Numerous" Aircraft 10/2/22


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A newly uncovered incident involving multiple commercial airlines and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) over the skies of Oklahoma on 2 October 2022, caused the crew on board one flight to feel “scared speechless” and “shocked”.
The incident occurred in the early morning hours and in recordings obtained by FBI special agent and Discovery+ host Ben Hansen, a Delta flight can be heard speaking to Kansas City Air Traffic Control (ATC), stating:
“I could just see a really bright light and then it fades and then it comes back and then it fades and it’s been going on for 15 minutes, so we’re not sure if it’s traffic or not.”

The UAP appeared to be to the north of aircraft reporting the light, meaning it may have been over the Kansas area, across its nearby state border with Oklahoma. ATC could not identify the UAP, and one flight crew also reported it to be “a lot higher”, perhaps out of Air Traffic radar range.

ATC can be heard telling the Delta flight that there is an Airbus 320 80 miles away at 10 o’clock, but the Delta pilot appeared to rule this out, responding:

“Unless they’re doing 360s with their lights on, I don’t know what else it is.”
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Brightens then dims again and again ...
Starlink strikes again?
Military aircrews are required to attend regularly scheduled flight safety briefings, in USAF these are quarterly. I wonder if commercial airline rated aircrew must attend similar safety briefings, and if so, are they being shown Starlink videos?
Brightens then dims again and again ...
Starlink strikes again?
If it is, then I'm three for three with sun elevation. I looked at the Virginia case and the Channel Islands one before and now this - sun is always around 40° below the horizon when viewed from the surface.
Again the emphasis in the video seems to be on the fact that someone reported seeing something they couldn't explain, rather than trying to explain what they saw. I'd have thought by now that Ben Hansen would either 1) use our methods to show that the are Starlink satellites or 2) try to refute our methods and show that this isn't Starlink. But no mention of Metabunk at all.

Anyway, on with the investigation. The time of the sighting seems to be around 9am UTC, going by the Flightradar24 playback.

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Anyway, on with the investigation. The time of the sighting seems to be around 9am UTC, going by the Flightradar24 playback.
LiveATC recording has the first message ('been going on for the past 15 minutes') at 08:56:30, so... 0840Z when they first noticed?
I have followed the usual method and checked on if there were illuminated star link satellites in the direction that the pilots reported seeing the lights. Delta 1063 said they were in their 10 o'clock position ... and as they were heading eastward this would be North East


So Checking North East at this time (well from about 8.14 to after 9.00 there is a steady stream of Starlink Satellites moving from right-to-left near the horizon.


And again, this is directly above the sun (over the horizon)

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Stellarium lets you do a smoother animation and hide invisible satellites. Here's a timelapse from 8:32 to 9:43. You see the Starlinks start to seem to swarm on the horizon (the ground is hidden, horizon is where the red compass directions are). See also the sun.

(best viewed full screen)

And here's a real-time video of them appearing on the horizon Starlink Oct 2, 3 min.mp4

So it seems likely that these are flaring when just at this shallow angle, just above the horizon.
Wow. Nice video @Mick West - was that done using current TLEs, or ones that were valid at the time?
I believe it's using the current ones, so likely inaccurate for precise locations of individual satellites, but still representative of the general situation.

[Note for the confused: TLE = the definition of a satellite's orbit, valid at a particular point in time. You can use a TLE to calculate earlier or later positions, but the more time between the TLE and the time you want, then the less accurate it is. Two weeks is generally the maximum for accuracy (I read somewhere, this is all new to me).


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