Listen to Business Jet Reporting Near Collision With Object (YouTube Posting):
May 14, 2012 5:17 PM MDT
A UFO, which did not show up on radar, nearly caused a mid-air collision over the skies of Denver with a corporate jet on Monday evening and officials have no idea what it was.
Because the private pilot was the only witness, and due to the lack of any radar signature, the incident falls into the category of an encounter with an unidentified flying object.
But, listening to the frightened pilot’s radio transmission at the time of the event, which is included in the video news report below, makes it clear that something was in the air which should not have been there.
FAA officials, of course, are falling short of the UFO classification, instead speculating that the object was either a surveillance drone, a remote-controlled aircraft or a very large bird.
Pointing out that the pilot saw the object for only a moment, which was enough to cause alarm, and citing the lack of any radar information, the incident is being investigated further.
Recently, debate has begun as to whether or not the same kind of drones which are being used for surveillance and air attacks in war zones should be employed over the American homeland has many people worried.
But if those drones do not show up on radar, the controversy enters an entirely different phase, pinning air safety as a major concern.
Radar Analysis Summary: The above radar graphic shows the business jet (FIV 608) flying northwest. At 5:17 MDT the pilot radioed that he saw an object what he thought may have been a remote controlled aircraft fly below him “the other way” at close range. The radar graphic above tracks an object that was moving the other way at the time of the sighting. (See red squares in above graphic.) The aircraft was on approach to Jefferson County Airport (in Broomfield, CO). This airport is to the northwest of Denver. The aircraft was flying at about 8,000 feet when the object was sighted. It is quite unlikely that this craft was an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) because these craft are not allowed in controlled airspace. The FAA currently is working out details of permitting UAVs in controlled airspace. The only UAVs permitted in controlled airspace are operations by DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). If the DEA was conducting operations, the FAA would have refused to release the radar data. (These operations are classified.) Given this scenario perhaps this was a genuine UFO. The radar confirms the position of the object although detail tracking (several sequential returns) was not indicated. Also it is quite doubtful that this was a “model rocket” given that it was reported to have been flying horizontally at near 8,000 feet.