American Airlines pilot reports seeing 'long, cylindrical object' fly over aircraft


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a “long, cylindrical object.”

A pilot for American Airlines reported seeing a strange object in the sky while flying over New Mexico on Sunday afternoon.

He called in the sighting to air traffic control, the Federal Aviation Administration reported, per NBC News.

"Do you have any targets up here?" the pilot can be heard asking over radio transmission. "We just had something just go over the top of us that — I hate to say this — looked like a long, cylindrical object,” he explained.

"It almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast that went right over the top of us," he added.

In a statement, the FAA noted that air traffic controllers "did not see any object in the area on their radarscopes."

American Airlines confirmed the incident but deferred all questions to the FBI.

"Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21," the airline company said.

The FBI is aware of the incident, which occurred during a flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix.

"While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public," spokesman Frank Fisher of the FBI's field office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said in a statement. "Anyone who is aware of suspicious or criminal activity should contact their local law enforcement agency or the FBI."

According to CBS News, the Pentagon said the military was not conducting any tests in the area at the time.

A Pentagon spokesman said the sighting happened roughly 400 miles from the Army’s White Sands Missle Range in souther Mexico.

“We never test in that area,” Scott Stearns, director of public affairs for White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico told The Hill.

Areas in New Mexico such as Roswell and Aztec are popular for sightings of strange and unidentified flying objects.

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