A pilot told air traffic control it was “doubtful” it was a weather balloon, according to The Drive, an aviation website owned by Time Inc.
TUCSON, AZ – One pilot seeing an unidentified flying object is often not hard to dismiss but two pilots in separate plane becomes a little more difficult. That’s what happened on February 24 in the air not far from Tucson as the two planes flew over Arizona and New Mexico.
One was a pilot for American Airlines and the other was a pilot of a Lear Jet..
The Lear jet pilot was the first to report something around 3:30 that afternoon, according to a report in The Drive, a website owned by Time, Inc. that reports on aviation issues.
He contacted the air traffic control tower in Albuquerque, New Mexico, asking them if they had tracked any traffic flying above him.
The tower said no, prompting the pilot to reply, “somethin’ did,” according to audio of the conversation posted by The Drive.
Another pilot can be heard saying,”UFO” and the pilot says, “yeah.”
Soon after, air traffic control contacts the pilot of the American Airlines plane, which is some distance behind the Lear Jet, telling him that another plane (the Lear) had seen something.
Had the American pilot seen anything?
“Something just passed over us,” the plot replies a few minutes later. “I don’t know what it was…. It passed right over the top of us.”
Asked if it could be a weather balloon, the pilot replies: “Doubtful.”
Arizona is no stranger to UFO sightings.
In 1997, it was the site of perhaps the largest mass sighting of a UFO ever recorded when thousands from Phoenix to Sonora reported seeing six lights flying in formation.
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