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Did an American Airlines Flight Have a Close Encounter with a UFO?

Did an American Airlines Flight Have a Close Encounter with a UFO?
Joe Cortez

American Airlines is deferring questions about an in-flight encounter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after a pilot reported an encounter with a “long, cylindrical object.” The call came from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.

American Airlines is not commenting on a potential UFO encounter with one of their flights operating over the Arizona skies. Fox News reports the pilot of American Airlines Flight 2922 called in the encounter, describing it as a “long, cylindrical object” flying near the aircraft.

Encounter Happened in Daylight While Flight was Over New Mexico

American Flight 2922 was supposed to be a routine flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). However, around 1:00 p.m. Central Time, the pilot reported an encounter with an object that defied description.

The flight was at cruise altitude of 37,000 feet when the pilot radioed in the request. One of the people who recorded the call told Fox News the Albuquerque flight center did not respond due to interference on the frequency.

“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us,” the pilot said over the radio, according to recordings of the air traffic control frequency. “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. It went right over the top of us.”

In a statement to Fox News, American confirmed that the recording was from one of their flights. Although they were able to verify the authenticity, they deferred all additional questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Eliminated Answers Include Encounters with Missiles and Drones

In the search to find an explanation, both a drone encounter and missile encounter have been effectively ruled out. Under drone operation guidelines, the maximum allowable altitude is 400 feet above ground, eliminating an incursion as a plausible explanation. Meanwhile, the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico says they were not testing anything on Sunday when the aircraft flew over.

View Comments (8)


  1. BobbyC777

    February 26, 2021 at 6:04 am

    So there is a rule that drones can’t fly higher than 400 feet so that is not a plausible explanation? You’re serious, right?

  2. ludocdoc

    February 26, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Indeed. UFO doesn’t mean alien, though. In that region of the country, its some experimental thing about which the government doesn’t share details.

  3. thecowgoesmoo

    February 26, 2021 at 8:32 am

    “Did an American Airlines Flight Have a Close Encounter with a UFO?”

    Was it an object?
    Was it flying?
    Does it remain unidentified?

    Then yes, it is a UFO. The only reason to phrase it as a question is because what you really wanted to ask was, “Did an American Airlines Flight Have a Close Encounter with an Alien Spacecraft?” without coming off as a nutter.

  4. BC Shelby

    February 26, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    …makes me question what the boys over at DARPA and/or the Skunk Works may be playing around with.

  5. dliesse

    February 27, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    This headline really is the most asinine question ever. If there’s something in flight, and they can’t identify it, then BY DEFINITION it’s an unidentified flying object! UFO does not imply alien craft or anything of the sort.

  6. EqualOpp

    February 28, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Wow…next thing you’re going to tell me is that I’m not a crazy person after all these years. Dang!

  7. jsintexas

    March 1, 2021 at 11:42 am

    What the AA pilot saw was the Air Force taking their newest “toy” out for a ride.

    The Air Force is experimenting with new aircraft all the time. I am never surprised by anything any longer.

  8. oktoberfest

    March 3, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    If it was a “secret” government vehicle, kind of stupid to be flying it at 1PM and kind of dangerous to be so close to commercial air traffic. So knowing the government, it probably was.

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