AThe pilot saw what he described as a “long, cylindrical object” approaching the plane flying to Phoenix in the skies over New Mexico on Sunday. The FBI said it is aware of the incident and the Pentagon said the military was not conducting any tests in the area that day.
“Do you have a goal up here?” one of the pilots of US Flight 2292 asked air traffic controllers, according to a recording of the broadcast obtained by CBS News. “Something happened above us that, sorry to say, looked like a long, cylindrical object that almost looked like some kind of cruise missile that was moving very fast and passing overhead.”
American confirmed the broadcast was from Flight 2292 heading from the Cincinnati airport to Phoenix. The airline referred additional questions to the FBI, which said it was aware of the incident.
“While our policy is not to confirm or deny investigations, the FBI continually works with our federal, state, local and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public,” said spokesman Frank Fisher of the FBI’s Albuquerque field office. , New Mexico. it said in a statement. “Anyone with knowledge of suspicious or criminal activity should contact their local law enforcement agency or the FBI.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the pilot reported the sighting over New Mexico shortly after noon Sunday. The agency said air traffic controllers did not see any objects in the area on their radars.
A Pentagon spokesperson told CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that the reported sighting occurred about 400 miles away from the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. The spokesperson said that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as, the Missile Defense Agency and US Strategic Command did not conduct any tests from the missile range on Sunday.