A UFO sighting was reported by the pilot of an American Airlines A321 plane during a flight over New Mexico. Credit: JFKJets.com

The FBI Confirms “Elongated” UFO Spotted by Commercial Airplane Pilot

A new UFO sighting in New Mexico!


The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) and American Airlines have confirmed the report of Airbus pilots about a meeting with a UFO on February 21 over New Mexico by an A320 crew who saw a “long cylindrical object” on American Airlines Flight 2292 from Cincinnati to Phoenix.

The pilots contacted the traffic control center, to which they transmitted information about the detected UFO. American Airlines has confirmed the authenticity of the recorded broadcast.


On February 24, the pilot’s report was also confirmed by the FAA but emphasized that air traffic controllers had not seen any objects in the area on the radar. The pilots described the unidentified object as a maneuverable missile flying very quickly. The report is consistent with documents declassified by the Pentagon in April 2020, as well as some other descriptions of cylindrical objects encountered by the pilots.

In three years, this is the second time that in northeastern New Mexico, pilots of passenger aircraft have seen unidentified objects flying at high speed and at very high altitudes. What is this, no one knows yet: secret military technology or something not from this world?

After declassifying the records of several UFO sightings, the Pentagon intends to form a new working group to study them. A similar encounter was also documented in April 2018, when pilots from Phoenix Air’s Learjet 36 and American Airlines’ A321 reported that a strange object had flown over them near the border with New Mexico.

Theories and recent UFO sightings in New Mexico

New Mexico is home to the White Sands Missile Range and several military bases, so there is an unofficial version that the pilots may have seen a missile from secret military tests that deviated from its intended course. However, it seems unlikely to many that civilian aircraft would not be alerted to what happened.


Another theory is that the crew of the plane saw a test of a secret military fighter jet (cylindrical?), but this version was also met with skepticism since it also implies that the military would not launch the plane in the same area where civilian passenger flights take place. Furthermore, the ATC did not record any flights that coincided in time and place.

This meeting with a UFO in New Mexico occurred at approximately 10,000 meters of altitude while the previous case from 2018 happened much higher in the sky – at 16,500 meters.

One such case can easily be accepted as a negligent error, either by the military or the pilots but two times in three years seems far too much to be a coincidence. For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that these UFOs over New Mexico could be aliens.

In the past, most UFO sightings have occurred near military bases, nuclear power plants, etc. In other words, only restricted places of interest or places with large concentrations of energy. There are countless theories for the existence of aliens, and if I were to believe in one specific hypothesis, it would be just this one that aliens are attracted to technological or military locations.

I believe there is no doubt that the UFO was NOT a military missile gone rouge during tests. Protocol mandates that any civilian aircraft must be notified in case of military operations and they would not even be allowed to fly this route.

The FAA, FBI, and American Airlines have not confirmed anything apart from the actual sighting. It is up to them to give us a definite explanation as to what exactly happened.

If you want to hear the actual radio message sent by the pilot to the traffic control center, it is available here.


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Daniels, A. (2021, February 25). FBI confirms report OF ‘Long, Cylindrical’ UFO ‘Moving Really Fast’ over New Mexico.
Kenton, L. (2021, February 24). AA flight HAS encounter WITH ‘cylindrical Object’ over New Mexico.
Rogoway, T. (2021, February 22). Airliner encountered unidentified fast-moving cylindrical object over new mexico.
Tangermann, V. (2021, February 24). Airline pilot reports contact with “fast moving, cylindrical” object.

Written by Vladislav Tchakarov

Hello, my name is Vladislav and I am glad to have you here on Curiosmos. As a history student, I have a strong passion for history and science, and the opportunity to research and write in this field on a daily basis is a dream come true.

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