Background: On Feb 21, 2021 American Airlines Flight Number 2292 reported an unknown object that passed above them in NE New Mexico. The encounter was discovered by a citizen who monitored the conversation between the FAA and the aircraft via a scanner. American Airlines requested that the press contact the FBI for questions regarding the investigation. I wrote a FOIA (Freedom of Information) request to the FBI shortly after the above incident regarding their investigation. I received a response from the FBI on June 14, 2021. (See below.)
Surprisingly I received a response from the FBI regarding their investigation of the alleged sighting of an unidentified object in NE New Mexico on Feb 21, 2021. Ironically the FBI originally gave me a “no records responsive to your request” response a few days after I made my request.
The FBI sent two documents. One was the release letter and the 2nd was the results of their investigation. There are several redacts in the report, but most are redacts of names of individuals in the FBI and names of people that the FBI contacted. There is a glaring error in the report. The FBI states that the incident occurred in the NW corner of New Mexico. This contradicts their report because they mention that the incident occurred near Des Moines, NM which is in NE New Mexico. The FBI states that the object was a long cylindrical object that resembled a cruise missile. Apparently the FBI contacted several law enforcement agencies regarding reports of any object(s) that had crashed. I find this interesting. There also was an open statement in whether or not the FAA detected the object on radar.
Click here to read the FBI Release Letter which describes reasons for redacts. Click here to read the results of the FBI Investigation. We are still waiting for radar data and voice tapes from the FAA. The FAA has applied for two extensions to our request.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will only be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory. Also the name that you list in the comment will be posted. Use abbreviations or aliases if you don't want your name listed.
Hello Mr. Puckett. I am so glad that you’re on top of this aerial encounter by an American Airlines crew in daylight over New Mexico in February of this year. I don’t know how close the object came to the plane, or if it presented ‘approximate danger’ to the plane. I can only suppose that nobody knows if this object was there following a civilian or military flight plan that could be traced. I recall that the N.A.R.C.A.P. group made it their business to try to find out the nature of aerial objects that present a danger to the flying public, but I don’t know if this was close enough to be considered as dangerous to the aircraft. Thanks again for all of your effort toward getting to the bottom of this!
Good to hear from you, Joel. I am a research associate with NARCAP, I believe that the organization is now pretty much defunct.
Good to know you’re on the case and that the FBI actually does respond to FOIA requests.
Yes, I was surprised to get a response. Originally the FBI told me that they had no information.