“We had something just go over the top of us that — I hate to say this — looked like a long, cylindrical object,” reported the pilot in a radio transmission.
A startled American Airlines pilot reported a “long cylindrical object” in the New Mexico sky that came uncomfortably close to the aircraft, according to his radio transmission to an air traffic control tower.
The encounter occurred Sunday during a flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
“The FBI is aware of the reported incident,” the agency told The Albuquerque Journal in a statement, adding that its policy is to “neither confirm nor deny investigations.”
“Do you have any targets up here?” the pilot asked the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center in a radio transmission shortly after noon local time. “We just had something just go over the top of us that — I hate to say this — looked like a long, cylindrical object.”
It “almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast that went right over the top of us,” he added. (Listen to the transmission in the video above.)