Two pilots from different airlines reported an unidentified flying object hovering over them as they were flying over southern Arizona. UFOS!!!
According to The Huffington Post, the incident began February 24, when a pilot from Learjet reported an object that gave off a “big reflection” while hovering over their aircraft. The pilot reported this to the Albuquerque Center of air traffic control, where they contacted a nearby pilot from American Airlines and told him to keep his eyes open and to report if he saw any strange objects.
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The pilot, sufficiently spooked, didn’t understand the question. Minutes later he said, “Something passed over us, like a, don’t know what it was, but it was at least two, three thousand feet above us. Yeah, it passed right over on top of us.” The audio was initially released by The Drive. You can listen to the exchange below.
The reported altitude of the UFO puts the object above the range of the average droid, but it could have also been a Google balloon or an experimental aircraft. The sightings took place near the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Luke Air Force Base.
Lynn Lunsford, spokeperson for the FAA, said that the organization has “a close 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.” In short, air traffic control should’ve known if there were any other aircrafts or balloons near the commercial planes.
Interestingly enough, Arizona is an area ripe for UFO speculation, having a history of some crazy sightings including the 1947 UFO crash at Roxwell, New Mexico, and the 1997 Phoenix Lights, which were witnessed by thousands of people. Authorities disproved both of these “sightings” claiming that the 1947 crash was a high altitude balloon and that the 1997 lights were military exercises.