Pilot reports UFO, says missile-like object flew over plane during flight to Phoenix
A pilot on an American Airlines flight to Phoenix announced that an unknown object had flown over the plane in New Mexico on Sunday.
At approximately 1:19 p.m. CST, the pilot of American Airlines Flight 2292 out of Cincinnati reported, "Do you have any goals up here? We just got something overhead," according to a radio broadcast recorded by a blogger, Steve Douglass uploaded to Douglass' blog, Deep Black Horizon.
At the time, Douglass said the plane was over the northeast corner of New Mexico.
"I hate to say that - looked like a long cylindrical object that looked almost like a cruise missile that was moving very quickly. It went right over us," said the pilot on the radio transmission.
Douglass said he was trying to find out if he had recorded a Mayday call from another plane whose engines caught fire after taking off from Denver when he heard the pilot.
"It was just a fluke," Douglass told the Republic of Arizona. "I was just as surprised as everyone else."
American Airlines has confirmed that the radio transmission is from American Airlines Flight 2292.
"After a debriefing with our flight crew and additional information, we can confirm that this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on February 21," said an American Airlines statement.
According to a statement by FAA spokesman Ian Gregor, Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers did not see any object on their radarscopes in the area.
Could it have been a missile? Scott Stearns, director of public affairs for White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, said the range did not conduct any tests on Sunday and "we never test in this area".
The White Sands Missile Range is the US Department of Defense's "largest fully instrumented open-air range," according to the range's website.
Stearns said he also communicated with Holloman Air Force Base, which is also in southern New Mexico, and "they have nothing at all up there."
A Holloman Air Force Base spokesman said the republic would be looking into the issue but did not respond in time for publication.
Holloman Air Force Base, founded in 1942, is home to the longest and fastest test track in the world, according to the base's website.
The FBI in New Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In 2018, pilots over southern Arizona saw an unidentified object in the sky north of Tucson, according to an FAA record obtained from the Republic.
For the latest news, reach out to Peiyu Lin at Pei-Yu.Lin@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @peiyulintw.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Phoenix UFO: American Airlines pilot reports a missile-like object
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