On Feb. 24, not one but two pilots flying on two separate planes claim they both saw what could only be described as an unidentified flying object, otherwise known as a UFO, pass by on their flights over southern Arizona and New Mexico.
In newly released audio footage, the pilots and air traffic controllers can be heard discussing the baffling situation in nearly unbelievable detail.
“I don’t know what it was. It wasn’t an airplane but it was, the path was going in the opposite direction,” the pilot of a Learjet said to air traffic control. Control then asked a nearby American Airlines plane to stay on the lookout, to which that pilot mockingly replied, “If anything passes over us?”
But just minutes later the American Airlines pilot returns to say, “Something just passed over us, like a, don’t know what it was, but it was at least two, three thousand feet above us.” He added, “Yeah it passed right over the top of us.”
The air traffic controller asks if the object could have been a Google weather balloon but the pilot replies, “Doubtful,” before someone else interjects and matter of factly says, “UFO.”
In a statement to KOB 4, the NBC station in Albuquerque, the FAA essentially said it doesn’t know what the object is either.
“We don’t have any comment beyond what you hear. Other than the brief conversation between two aircraft, the controller was unable to verify that any other aircraft was in the area,” the statement read. “We have a close working relationship with a number of other agencies and safely handle military aircraft and civilian aircraft of all types in that area every day, including high-altitude weather balloons.”
If you’re a UFO enthusiast, don't get too excited just yet. According to HuffPost, the location where the pilots had their sightings was just 100 miles from Luke Air Force Base, so they could have seen another object being tested. Though, to be fair, HuffPost also noted that the sightings were a mere 500 miles west of Roswell, New Mexico, the site of the alleged "UFO crash" of 1947. So, really, aliens aren't out of the question.