DURANT — Several visitors to Lake Texoma Saturday reported what they thought was a plane crash but turned out to be a meteor shower.

DURANT — Several visitors to Lake Texoma Saturday reported what they thought was a plane crash but turned out to be a meteor shower.


Law enforcement began receiving 9-1-1 calls around 9:30 p.m. with people reporting what they said looked like a plane crashing into the lake, said James Dalton, director of Bryan County Emergency Management.


Bryan County Emergency Management responded to the scene and set up a command post at West Burns Run. Responders searched shore lines and conducted an aerial search via helicopter for lights and oil slicks. They also checked for signals emitting from an Emergency Locator Transmitter, Dalton said.


BCEM called the Federal Aviation Administration to ask about missing aircraft and learned there were none. When all search efforts turned up no signs of a plane crash, the search was called off.


It is likely what crashed into Lake Texoma was not a plane but a meteor that was part of the Leonid meteor shower, Dalton said. Friday evening to Sunday morning was the peak of the Leonid meteor shower, which was visible over the southwest United States.