Thursday, March 29, 2018

Close UFO Encounter with Learjet at 37,000 ft

ABC NEWS, March 28, 2018.
"The controller was unable to verify that any other aircraft was in the area at the time of the reported UFO sightings, according to a spokesperson for the FAA. "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," the spokesperson told ABC News in an email Wednesday. Phoenix Air Group vice president Bob Tracey told ABC News he recently spoke with the captain of the Learjet after reading about the UFO sightings in a local newspaper. The captain said he was flying at about 37,000 feet when the unidentified object "UFO" flew several thousand feet over his aircraft at a speed that appeared similar to what a commercial airline would travel. The captain said he often sees balloons or airships at these flight levels, but a beam of light shining off the UFO was so bright that he couldn't decipher whether that's what it was, according to Tracey. "He said the only thing that was different about this was that it was just so bright," Tracey told ABC News in a phone interview Wednesday. "The glare was so intense, they couldn't make it out." Tracey said the captain described the sighting as "rather uneventful," but he notified air traffic control because he was concerned the UFO could hit other aircraft. "He said when he landed, he didn't give it much thought," Tracey added. American Airlines referred ABC News’ request for comment to the FAA. Spokespersons for Google and the North American Aerospace Defense Command did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday. ABC News' Anthony McMahon, Rex Sakamoto and Daniel Steinberger contributed to this report."

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