Last Updated: Feb 27, 2021, 2216 hrs IST

AA Pilot Reports Seeing 'Cylindrical Object' Moving 'Really Fast' Over New  Mexico – NBC Chicago

Pilot of an American Airlines on a flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix last weekend, was heard reporting “a long cylindrical object” that flew just over his plane.

An audio transmission of a radio transmission intercept from American Airlines flight 2292, indicating that the pilot reported an unidentified flying object (UFO) on February 21 was published by aviation blog Deep Black Horizon .

“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us – I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing – moving really fast right over the top of us,” the pilot can be heard saying in the audio clip  “UFO”, published by the blogger.

The blogger, Steve Douglass, told The Arizona Republic that he intercepted the radio transmission accidentally while trying to pick another aircraft with a radio scanner. He used flight tracking websites Flight 24 and Flight Aware to establish the exact position of the plane and found out that it was “over the northeast corner of New Mexico west of Clayton” at an altitude of 37,000 feet.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that the agency is “aware of the reported incident.” “While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public. Anyone who is aware of suspicious or criminal activity should contact their local law enforcement agency or the FBI,” Frank Connor, spokesperson for the federal agency, told CBS News.

Yesterday, the FAA released a short statement: “A pilot reported seeing an object over New Mexico shortly after noon local time on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. FAA air traffic controllers did not see any object in the area on their radarscopes.” 

While authorities may never be able to explain what the missile-like object was, it’s not the first time a pilot has spotted unexplained flying phenomena. In fact, it happens fairly regularly.

A remarkably similar incident occurred over the Sonoran Desert three years ago. On February 24, 2018, within minutes of each other, two pilots flying different aircraft — a Phoenix Air Group Learjet and an American Airlines commercial flight — both reported passing a mysterious object, according to audio recordings released by the Federal Aviation Administration to the Phoenix New Times several weeks later.

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