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Pentagon Says Mystery Missile Was a Plane

File Photo: This aerobatic stunt plane at an air show in Nevada is similar to the type of plane that might leave a contrail. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon believes Tuesday's missile mystery was caused by a plane and, as far as they’re concerned, the case is closed and they’re not interested in tracking down the aircraft responsible.  Their main concern was determining if the contrail was a U.S. missile or perhaps that of a foreign power. They’re not interested in anything beyond that.
Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan said Wednesday, “With all the information that we have gathered over the last day and a half about this condensation trail (contrail) off the coast of S. California on Monday night, both within the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies, we have no evidence to suggest that this was anything other than a contrail caused by an aircraft. ”
Lapan said the determination was based on a combination of factors such as  “looking at that video and having people determine what the likely cause was...this is how these conditions cause contrails to appear this way, and making sure it wasn’t one of our missiles.” The conditions he’s talking about are atmospheric conditions that would create an optical illusion that would make a far off plane seem closer and the contrails to resemble a missile launch.
As to why it took so long for the Pentagon to determine that a plane was the likely cause, Lapan said “it’s a matter of running down those different leads and talking to those different agencies.”
Lapan said the Pentagon is not interested in tracking down the plane responsible for a story that drew worldwide attention.  The U.S. military will not continue to gather specifics such as how far the plane was flying or where it may have been traveling to.

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