What just happened in the skies above Arizona? Two different airliners encountered an Unidentified Flying Object and the audio recording describing the encounter is so bizarre, that even the FAA is in awe.
The strange incident occurred above Arizona last month, but the audio recording was only recently released to the general public, offering solid evidence of a strange aerial sighting that no one, not even the FAA, has been able to explain so far.
The mystery encounter occurred on February 24, in Arizona airspace when the pilot of a Learjet 36 airliner operated by Phoenix Air Group contacted Air Traffic Control, after noticing something he couldn’t understand.
What pilots saw was beyond bizarre.
“Was anybody above us that passed us, like, 30 seconds ago?” the pilot asks, stammering a little, which you can hear in recordings originally obtained from the FAA by The Drive, excerpts of which are posted below.
“Negative,” the air traffic controller, stationed at Albuquerque’s Air Traffic Centre in New Mexico, replies to the pilot.
“Okay…” the pilot confirms, sounding unconvinced. “Something did.”
Check out the video recording in the YouTube video below:
Soon after the first pilot reported the mysterious object to traffic control, another pilot was heard discussing the object that had just flown past them.
In the recording, we can hear a pilot saying: “A UFO!”
To what the other pilot responded: “Yeah.”
After a couple of minutes, air traffic decides to contact another airliner which was following a similar route, an American Airlines A321 Airbus, telling the pilots to be on the lookout for anything that may pass above them in the next 15 miles.
Confused, American Airlines pilot is heard asking: “If anything passes over?”
Air traffic goes on to explain the situation to the pilots flying the American Airlines Airbus, and the Learjet pilot clarifies what he was able to see, flying above them.
“I don’t know what it was, it wasn’t an airplane but it was… the path was going in the opposite direction.”
Shortly after, the pilot onboard American Airlines Airbus 321 witnessed the same thing passing over them.
“Yeah, something just passed over us, like a… I don’t know what it was, but it was at least 2,000–3000 feet above us. Yeah, it passed right over the top of us.”
This creates more confusion among Air Traffic and the controller asks the pilot whether the object was “in motion or if it was just hovering”, but the Airbus pilot couldn’t answer.
“I couldn’t make it out if it was a balloon or whatnot, but it was just really beaming light or had a big reflection and several thousand feet above us going the opposite direction.”
Trying to get to the bottom of things, Air traffic asks whether its possible that what the pilots had witnessed was a Google Balloon, but the pilots responded “Doubtful.”
“We don’t have any comment beyond what you hear,” the FAA said in a statement issued to media outlets.
“Other than the brief conversation between two aircraft, the controller was unable to verify that any other aircraft was in the area. 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.”
So we ask, ET was that you?