American Airlines Flight 2292 flying from Cincinnati to Phoenix on Sunday, February 21 reported a “long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruiser missile” moving over the top of the Airbus 320 plane. The encounter with the possible UFO happened when the plane was 36,000 feet above northeast New Mexico. In a radio transmission to Albuquerque Air Traffic Control, the pilot can be heard saying “Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us.”
Steve Douglass, who runs the Deep Black Horizon blog, said that there was no military presence noted on any logs for that area. According to The Drive, the plane was relatively close to the White Sands Missile Range, and note that New Mexico has several military facilities and restricted areas that might not be represented on logs. Although it does seem unlikely that a missile would have gotten that close to an aircraft, this had led some to think that American Airlines Flight 2292 might have encountered a UFO.
A similar incident happened almost three years ago in the same area. Two different aircrafts, a Learjet and an Airbus, both had encounters with an object that flew over them at around 37,000 feet. The pilot of the Learjet contacted Air Traffic Control after the incident, asking if anything had passed above them. When the dispatcher said “no,” the pilot stated that it must have been a “UFO.”
Soon after, the pilot of American Airlines Flight 1095 also stated that something had flown over them. The pilot said that the UFO flew right about two or three thousand feet above them. When asked about the object, the pilot said that it was “beaming light” and was going in the opposite direction. The pilot, Blenus Green, said that the unidentified flying object was bright, but he was still able to look at it, even though he stated it was so bright, he couldn’t figure out what shape it was. Green, however, did say that the object didn’t look like an airplane.
In 2019, The New York Times did a profile on Navy pilots who said that they saw unusual and unexplainable crafts in their airspace. These crafts were said to have capabilities unlike any ship the witnesses had ever seen. There have also been unexplained incidents in Northern California and Oregon back in 2017, where unknown aircraft were seen, yet it is unclear what these UFOs were.
Of course, New Mexico has a long history with UFOs, the most famous being Area 51, which had led to its fair share of alien conspiracy theories over the year. But while there have been several encounters over New Mexico, it seems as though these incidents are happening all over the country in recent years.
As to what these encounters with unidentified flying objects means, or what these UFOs actually are has yet to be seen. But with so many encounters happening in such a short period of time, it does make one wonder if we are getting closer to answers about what is going on in these incidents.