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He called air traffic controllers stating "I have an object in front of me, I don't know what it is." The controller replies "You mean like a drone or something?" The pilot responds: "I don't know if it's a drone... It's bigger than a drone." The controller responds "Ummmm, I don't show anything on radar."
The pilot responded, "Actually, it looked, uh, like it had lights on it." The controller responds "That's uh, really interesting, uh again, I show nothing on radar so I don't know what to say." The pilot then states "Ok and I know I'm not delusional."
on February 24th, 2018. Between roughly 3:30pm and 4:15pm local time, N71PG, a Learjet 36 belonging to Phoenix Air, and American Airlines Flight 1095, an Airbus A321, had independent close encounters with a strange craft flying at around 40,000 feet.The planes were flying east at about 37,000 feet between the Sonoran Desert National Monument and the New Mexico border when the incident took place.
The initial report came from N71PG, the Learjet, asking Albuquerque Center if traffic had passed above them. The controller replied "negative," meaning that there was no traffic to his knowledge that would account for such an observation. The Learjet pilot replies defiantly, "somethin' did." Another pilot chimed in on the frequency saying "a UFO" and the Learjet pilot replied "yeah."
A minute later American 1095 calls back in saying "yeah something just passed over us, 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." The controller calmly acknowledges the pilot's report and says nothing else.
Shortly after that communiqué a pilot asks on the frequency "was it a Google balloon?" To which AAL1095 responds in a troubled tone "Doubtful." Another voice then comes on the frequency saying "a UFO!"
And no story of a rogue drone or a military aircraft with malfunctioning communications surfaced with the FAA after the incident
originally posted by: crayzeed
If there's more and more sightings of unknown origin (don't laugh at me) why don't all airline fit a sort of "dash cam" as sooner or later there might be a mid air collision and this would prove valuable. The cost of decent cameras would be peanuts compared to the cost of an aircraft. These would also back up what pilots see.
originally posted by: Urantia1111
a reply to: shawmanfromny
Im sure air traffic is under strict orders to NEVER confirm a visual sighting with radar under any circumstances.
The pilots themselves know they can easily be exiled if they push the issue.
The "drone" thing is just another convenient and soon-to-be overused excuse for solid sightings by trained professionals like these.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: NoCorruptionAllowed
Of course pilots who later do TV interviews for having a near miss with a UFO are going to see some career changes.
Do you have examples?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: abeverage
There is a camera system on many aircraft, but they're designed for passenger use and don't record anything. There are no cameras that record because every time they've brought up installing them the pilot union fights it tooth and nail.