Saturday evening (June 14, 2003) at about 4:00 PM
, a storm system was moving into NYC from the north. Black clouds coming our way looked really cool, and I knew we were about to get pounded.
I was in the car with my father driving north, and I saw a plane going East-Southeast over College Point (CP is across Flushing Bay, about one mile east of La Guardia Airport) at about 1,000 feet.
This direction at this altitude is very weird. It wasn't trying to climb, jsut maintaining its height. There is no approach or departure route for LGA
that would bring this aircraft over this town in that direction or at that height.
The weird part was how it looked. It looked like an MD
-80 in the sense that it was rear-engined and was long, but it had winglets.
The color wa that off-white that you often see on south-american air force airliners(does that make sense? lol). It looked like it had a black stripe down the side and the bottom might have been gray.
Was I seeing things? What was this? It looked like this guy was avoiding the storm, coming from the direction of it. I just don't have a clue about this.
Phil Derner Jr.