On February 21st, 2021, American Airlines pilots reported seeing a “longer cylindrical object” passing by at a tremendous speed. The plane was on a flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix. At the time, the plane was flying at almost 37,000 feet above the ground near the northeast corner of New Mexico.
The strange occurrence of the sighting was picked up on radio chatter and published on the aviation blog, “Deep Black Horizon.” The audio shows the transmission of the pilots saying, ”Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us – I hate to say this, but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile – moving fast right over the top of us.” The author of the blog, Steve Douglas, intercepted the radio transmission of the pilots by mistake when trying to pick up another aircraft. “It was a pure coincidence,” he said.
After hearing the audio, he immediately went to two flight tracking websites to track down the plane’s exact location at the time of the transmission. Since then, American Airlines has confirmed that the radio transmission is authentic, and the Federal Aviation Administration said that the pilot did report seeing an object over New Mexico, but the air traffic controller did not see any objects in the area. American Airlines said in a debrief, “For any additional questions on this, we encourage you to reach out to the FBI.” Authorities have not been able to identify or explain what the flying object was.
An incident similar to this happened three years ago. It happened in the Sonoran Desert on February 18th, 2018. Two pilots in two different aircrafts both reported a mysterious object around the same time. The audio recordings were released by the FAA several weeks later. One pilot said, “Was anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?” The tower replied, “Negative,”
Another occurrence in November 2018 was when a British Airlines pilot reported seeing “a very bright light that disappeared at very high speed.” A Virgin Airlines pilot also confirmed seeing something remarkably similar. The US Navy also said that there have been many confirmed sightings of unidentified aircraft in many military-controlled zones.
Currently, the public knows almost nothing about the actual sightings and what they truly are. Bill Nye suspects that “It’s probably one part of the military not telling the other part of the military what they’re up to.” We likely won’t be able to solve mysteries like UFO sightings for a very long time.