The pilot of an American Airlines flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix reported a close encounter with a “long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile” at about 37,000 feet.
The incident involving Flight 2292 occurred Sunday when the Airbus A320 was flying at 406 mph above a remote expanse west of Des Moines, The Drive reported.
Steve Douglass, an experienced radio interceptor, told the outlet’s The War Zone that he heard the pilot’s bizarre transmission while recording from his multiple scanners.
In the call, the pilot is heard telling air traffic control in Albuquerque about a mysterious object.
“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us,” he says.
“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 right over the top of us,” he adds.
Douglass said on his blog that “no