I’ve been taking a break from blogging to work on my 100 song project, but I couldn’t resist posting this interesting recent UFO sighting over Arizona reported by two different pilots.
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.”
With the Learjet’s close encounter still on their minds, the FAA in Albuquerque alerts American Airlines Flight 1095 to keep an eye out for an object in the sky as they fly towards San Diego. Less than a minute after the warning, Flight 1095’s pilot radios in that his plane was just passed by the UFO.
“Yeah, something just passed over us,” the pilot reported. “I don’t know what it was, but it was at least two-three thousand feet above us. Yeah, it passed right over the top of us.”
The pilots couldn’t determine if the unidentified object was hovering or actually flying but the American Airlines pilot can be heard saying the UFO had a “big reflection” and doubted it was a Google balloon.
“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.
… In the recording, after the Learjet pilot’s report, another voice from the sky piped up, “UFO!”
A man laughed. “Yeah.”
About three minutes later, officials revealed they were still thinking about the object. Out of the blue, Albuquerque Center alerts the crew of an American Airlines Airbus A321 flying from Dallas to San Diego to be on the lookout for … something.
“American 1095, let me know if you see anything pass over you here in the next 15 miles,” the control tower official said.
The pilot’s voice reveals his surprise at the question: “Over us?”
The flight control official replied that a pilot in front of the jetliner reported seeing something “and we didn’t have any targets,” meaning it didn’t show up on radar.
Forty-five seconds went by.
“Yeah, something just passed over us,” the American Airlines pilot then reported. “Uh, like a — I don’t know what it was, but it was at least two-three thousand feet above us. Yeah, it passed right over the top of us.”
Is one of the 6 to 10 craft (according to some researchers) responsible for the Phoenix lights sightings of March 13, 1997 still flying around Arizona? In the Phoenix lights sightings several unnamed air traffic controllers visually saw the anomaly reported by thousands of people at the time, which did not (we are told) appear on radar.
Are we nearing a big event? UFO reports are up 13% this week.
Here’s a bonus for those of you reading this directly on the blog (truestrange.com): LiveATC.net has feeds where you can listen in live to 50 Air Traffic Control Centers. There is also a $4 LiveATC smart phone app if you want to listen there. The web site uses flash which will not run on the iPhone’s default Safari web browser, however, the free Puffin web browser will run the content through a server that does a transation. I was able to listen to the flash feed on an iPhone using this trick. It should work for other flash content as well.