Two pilots flying different aircraft reported spotting a UFO just minutes apart of each other in the late afternoon of February 24, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). One pilot was commandeering N71PG, a Learjet 36 for Phoenix Air, and the other was piloting an Airbus A321 for American Airlines Flight 1095.
Both pilots reported to the regional air traffic controller in Albuquerque, New Mexico with nearly identical accounts.
ABC News has released the audio of the pilots reporting the UFO to air traffic control:
The Learjet pilot radioed air traffic control and asked, “Was anybody, uh, above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?” Upon hearing the official response that nothing had, the pilot responded, “Okay. Something did.”
A few minutes later, the air traffic controller alerted the American Airlines pilot flying in the same region and asked him to be on the lookout for anything passing overhead.
The air traffic controller explained that the Learjet pilot had reported the UFO and that it didn’t have any targets, adding, “let me know if you see anything pass over you.”
Shortly thereafter, the American Airlines pilot radioed back with an update, saying that “something” passed over the plane at about 2,000 to 3,000 feet above it.
According to CBS News, neither pilot could determine if the UFO was hovering or flying, but the American Airlines pilot was heard declaring that object gave off a “big reflection” and doubted it was a weather balloon or one of Google’s Project Loon balloons.
ABC News reported that a spokesperson for X Company, the innovation lab of Alphabet (which is owned by Google) confirmed that the reported object was not one of the lab’s Project Loon balloons.
These balloons are described by X Company as a network of balloons that travel “on the edge of space.” They were designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, as well as to “help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.”
The FAA released a statement to a local Albuquerque television station, KOB-TV, admitting that it did not know what the object was.
“We don’t have any comment beyond what you hear,” the FAA said in the statement. “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.”
This dual sighting of the UFO occurred about 500 miles from Roswell, New Mexico. The planes were flying at around 40,000 feet when the object was sighted, traveling in an opposite direction from both planes. American Airlines has forwarded all questions to the FAA.
For decades, humans have witnessed mysterious lights, flying objects in the sky and other unexplainable phenomena.
The most famous encounter took place over Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 where an unidentified flying object, or UFO, crashed. The Roswell Daily Record reported the UFO as a “flying saucer” and “flying disk.” Authorities determined that the UFO was a weather balloon.
Since then, countless videos, pictures and verbal accounts of UFOs have taken place all over the globe.