At 30,000 feet above sea level it is almost a fact that your perception of distance, depth, and size will be compromised. Up there, there are virtually no points of reference. However, this only applies to us passengers who sit and stare out the small oval windows. For a pilot, the high-tech instrumentation and training makes up for the lack of reference points in the open sky. Sometimes, the training and experience alone is all they really need.
On July 30th, 2012, an anonymous pilot reported a 22 minute encounter with a disc-shaped craft that followed the pilot’s commercial airplane in route to the Kansas City International Airport.
The incident was submitted to the UFO Stalker website and can be read below:
City Kansas City
Country United States
The latitude and longitude presented here is an approximation to protect the reporters identity
Viewing Distance 101-500 Feet
Sighting Duration Undisclosed
Object Features Dome
Object Flight Path Path with directional change
Object Shape Disc
Weather Factors Unknown
As called in to ASD by phone: (witness wishes to remain anonymous) I am the pilot of a regularly scheduled commercial aircraft flight from St. Louis to Kansas City and was on approach to KCI when my co-pilot said he saw an unidentified object to the right of the aircraft that appeared to be following us. It was not yet in my range of view, so I asked him to confirm that and the object remained. I radioed the tower and asked for radar confirmation but there was none. Then the object came into my view to the right front of the aircraft. At that point we were approximately 35 minutes out from the airport. The object was a silver/gray color and had three blue/white lights on the bottom and one on the top. It was a disc-shaped craft with a low dome on top.
It was approximately 300 feet from our aircraft and NNE of our position. Then the object suddenly moved underneath us and to the left, and continued at the our same rate of speed. I discussed this with my co-pilot and we decided not to tell the tower what we saw because of what happens when reports like this are made. The tower then asked us to confirm an unidentified object and I said it was no longer in view. I was concerned, however, that it might be a problem. The object stayed with us for approximately 22 minutes. When I decreased aircraft speed for approach, the object slowed as well, then went directly south of our position at a very high rate of speed – faster than any aircraft I’ve ever seen.
I was a military pilot for 14 years and know what type of aircraft we have. It was definitely NOT a man-made aircraft. Some pilots have lost their jobs when they report a UFO, and I would like to keep mine so am not providing my name or contact information. Some of the passengers were discussing this as they left the plane but we did not discuss it with them. Other crew members saw it as well, but did not report it. I just wanted to tell someone about it. Note: phone number is for ASD since witness would not provide a number
When the local media got wind of the story, they didn’t hesitate to spin up six o’clock story. Complete with random footage of airplane traffic and passengers being asked what they thought about UFOs, the news segment offered no other information about the story besides what was posted by the anonymous pilot.
Although this report reads in a very intriguing manner to a Ufologist, there exists a very obvious problem with the story. Anyone could have been that anonymous pilot.
Databases like UFO Stalker or MUFON operate on the honor system. Any incident reports from those types of websites should be taken with a grain –or a whole bag– of salt.
Let’s see if any passengers come forward and corroborate the pilot’s story.