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QGT: American and Learjet Pilots Report UFO over Arizona

Who doesn’t love a little mystery. I sure do. And that’s exactly what we’ve got here. The FAA recently released an audio recording of the interaction between air traffic control at Albuquerque center, American Airlines flight 1095 and a private Learjet. He’s the abridged transcript. In the full version, there’s a lot of other communication. So we just distilled it down to the issues relating to unknown flying objects:

Learjet: “Albuquerque 715 Papa Golf”
ATC: “715 Papa Golf Go Ahead”

Learjet: “Was there anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?”

ATC: “715 Papa Golf Negative”

Learjet: “OK”

Learjet: “Something Did”

Learjet: “Could Have Been a UFO”

ATC: “Yeah”

ATC: “American 1095, uh, let me know if you see anything pass over you here in the next uh 15 miles”

American 1095:” If Anything Passes Over Us?”

ATC: “American 1095 Affirmative, We Had an Aircraft Infront of You at 37 that reported something pass over him and we didn’t have any targets, so let me know if you see anything pass over you”

American 1095: “Alright”

Learjet: “I don’t know what it was, it wasn’t an airplane, but it was it passed us going to opposite direction”

American 1095: “American 1095, yeah something just passed over us uh”

American 1095: “Don’t know what it was, but it at least 2-3000 feet above us, but yeah, passed right over the top of us”

ATC: “Ok, American 1095 thank you”

ATC: “American 1095, could you tell if it was in motion or just hovering?”

American 1095: “Couldn’t really make out whether it was a balloon or whatnot, but it just really seemed to fly [inaudible] several thousand feet above us in the opposite direction”

ATC: “10-4”

Unknown: “Was it a Google Balloon?”

Unknown: “UFO”

American 1095 UFO Location
Approximate location of sighting

So, what did it end up being? We have no idea. The most likely scenario is that it was an unreported high-altitude balloon or a military aircraft. The FAA claims that it’s not the later. According to an agency spokesperson, its’ not the later, as they would have been informed.

We’ll just leave it at that. A mystery that’s likely to never be solved.