Last year, a pilot believed he crashed into a UFO. His full report on the incident has reportedly left experts shaken.
Matters concerning UFO sightings, aliens and whatnot were once considered a bit of a fringe interest. Now, ever since the Pentagon declassified three bizarre videos — including the now-famous Gimbal footage — and released a beefy report, unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) is given legitimate airtime.
On February 21, 2021, during an American Airlines flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix, a pilot's mysterious sighting was one of many to put pressure on the US government to take UAP more seriously.
The incident, which still hasn't been fully explained, saw the pilot contact Albuquerque air traffic control to check whether there were any 'targets' in the air. 'Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us,' he said, as per the Deep Black Horizon aviation blog.
'I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast right over the top of us,' he added.
After confirming the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement, 'A pilot reported seeing an object over New Mexico shortly after noon local time on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. FAA air traffic controllers did not see any object in the area on their radarscopes.'
In the earlier government report, US intelligence agencies didn't rule out extraterrestrial life being connected to UAP sightings. 'Of the 144 reports we are dealing with here, we have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation for them — but we will go wherever the data takes us,' one official said.
It also noted that 'UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to US national security’ and ‘probably lack a single explanation’.
Talking to the Daily Star, one unnamed source claimed pilots can face losing their jobs if they report a strange sighting. 'When someone says UFO everyone thinks they are referring to aliens but that is not always the case, especially with the surge in drone activity,' they said.
'Most pilots will use phrases like unidentified traffic or aerial phenomena. No one wants to say UFO. If you say UFO people think you are either drunk, on drugs or nuts.'
'Encounters are reported internally and amongst colleagues and seldom reach the media. When you are fortunate to be a close witness, it is really quite serious stuff. There are advantages in having an office window at 37,000ft,' another said.
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