Two Airline Pilots in Different Planes Say They Spotted the Same UFO Flying Over the New Mexico Border
For every 10 blurry photos of a "crashed alien craft" near Antarctica or Mylar party balloons mistakenly identified as flying saucers, there's usually one UFO incident that actually seems worth investigating. This recent run-in between two airline pilots and an unidentified object over the New Mexico border is one of them.
Here's what we know: On February 24, a Learjet pilot flying for Phoenix Air with the tail number N71PG was cruising at 37,000 feet when something passed over his plane, moving fast.
"I don't know what it was, it wasn't an airplane but it was—the path was going in the opposite direction," he says in a conversation with the air traffic controller.
The controller then contacted the pilot of American Airlines Flight 1095 and told him to keep a look out for something passing over his aircraft. The AA captain was initially confused, but after a few minutes he too reported something flying overhead.
"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."
When asked whether the object was moving or hovering, the pilot responded: "Couldn't make it out whether it was a balloon or whatnot. But it was just really beaming light or could have had a big reflection and was several thousand feet above us going opposite direction."
You can listen to a portion of the conversation between the pilots and controller below.
It's interesting to note that a third pilot repeatedly jumps in on the conversation, calling the object a UFO (though it seems like he's joking).
According to a spokesperson for the FAA, "We have a close working relationship with a number of other agencies and safely handle military aircraft and civilian aircraft of all types in that area every day, including high-altitude weather balloons."
Meanwhile, Bob Tracey, the vice president of the Phoenix Air Group, said, "[The Learjet pilot] said the only thing that was different about this was that it was just so bright. The glare was so intense, they couldn't make it out."
Whatever the thing was, we're guessing it wasn't a Mylar party balloon.