A pair of airline pilots traveling over Arizona claim they were passed by a UFO while flying at over 30,000 feet in the air.
Both planes reported the sighting and now the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a radio broadcast of the out-of-this-world incident.
According to the radio logs, a Learjet operated by Phoenix Air and an American Airlines flight saw the object flying in the opposite direction of their planes on Feb. 24. In a copy of the conversation with the Albuquerque Center air traffic control, the Phoenix Air pilot makes the first sighting of the strange object at around 3:30 p.m. local time.
“Was anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?” the pilot asks in a tape released to the Phoenix New Times. The answer from the FAA was “negative.”
“Negative,” the air traffic controller says.
The Learjet pilot, though, isn’t satisfied with the by-the-book response. “Something did,” he says, before another pilot on the same frequency says, “a UFO.”
“Yea,” the Learjet pilot said.
The next clip comes about three minutes later. The air traffic controller asks the pilot of American Airlines flight 1095, “let me know if you see anything pass over you here in the next 15 miles.”
The commercial pilot, puzzled by the request, asks, “If anything passes over us?”
At this point, that American Airlines flight is just over 37,000 feet in the air.
“Affirmative, we had an aircraft in front of you at 37 [thousand feet] that reported something pass over him and we didn’t have any [radar] targets, so let me know if you see anything pass over you,” the tower says.
Then the Learjet pilot chines back in.
“I don’t know what it was. It wasn’t an airplane, but it was — the path was going in the opposite direction,” the pilot of N71PG says.
About 45 seconds later, the commercial pilot confirmed his similar sighting.
“Yeah, something just passed over us, like a — I don’t know what it was, but it was at least 2-3,000 feet above us,” he says. “Yeah, it passed right over the top of us.”
The controller only acknowledges the pilot’s report, before a moment later asking American 1095, “Could you tell if it was in motion or if it was just hovering?”
“I couldn’t make it out if it was a balloon or whatnot, but it was just really beaming light or had a big reflection and several thousand feet above us going the opposite direction.
Again, the controller simply acknowledges the report. A few moments later, an unidentified pilot on the frequency has a question.
“Was it a Google balloon?” he asks.
Google balloons are part of a research and development project being developed by a company called X (formerly Google X) with the mission of providing internet access to rural and remote areas via balloons in the sky that drift to about 60,000 feet, actually in the stratosphere, according to Google.
“Doubtful,” the American Airlines pilot says.
Then another unidentified pilot chimes in again to say, “a UFO!”
The whole exchange lasted about six minutes in real time.
“Other than the brief conversation between two aircraft, the controller was unable to verify that any other aircraft was in the area,” the FAA’s Lynn Lunsford told the New Times. Coincidentally, the UFO sighting took place just 500 miles away from Roswell, New Mexico. Roswell is home to the most famous UFO stories in U.S. history as a flying saucer allegedly crashed in the desert there in 1947.
In another recent incident, Tucker Carlson talks with a Navy pilot about his encounter with a UFO.
You can watch the encounter the Navy pilot experienced below.
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