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Airliner Encountered Unidentified Fast-Moving Cylindrical Object Over New Mexico

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American Airlines Flight 2292, an Airbus A320 flying between Cincinnati and Phoenix on February 21st, 2021, had a bizarre close encounter with what its crew described as a "long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile" moving extremely fast over the top of their aircraft as it cruised along at 36,000 feet and 400 knots. The incident occurred over the remote northeast corner of New Mexico, to the west of the tiny town of Des Moines. Steve Douglass, an experienced… (www.thedrive.com) Altro...

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s0uthsider
Over New Mexico? No doubt it was a weather balloon.
ScottHickman
More likely it was a Convair 990.
rbdancer
I see what you did there. ;-}
sbakker61
I think airliners need dash cams.
Quirkyfrog
So, did they eat the fish, or the chicken? :-D
pappyroehrer
Bob Roehrer 12
betting half of younger readers will not get the joke, never seen the movie.
dsbrantjr
Much of the dialog in "Airplane!" was lifted directly from the 1957 film "Zero Hour!". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Hour!
TimDyck
Tim Dyck 1
I remembered zero Hour when Airplane first came out. It was actually based on a book I had read. But Airplane was hilarious.
augerin
Roger, Victor, Clarence...huh?...
user3956
user3956 9
and don't call me Shirley!
bluiewest1
bluiewest1 1
That's HEDLEY!
kiwipop
Roger, Roger.
ADAvViation
waiting on the word to make like a bird
rartac
Lasagne.
rbdancer
I live very near that military zone, and we get VTOLs, Blackhawks, and the occasional fighter jets flying over regularly. Lots of wide open space, mesas and canyons to play around, and very little commercial traffic. They could be testing or practicing with just about anything.
TheDogeof88
The most plausible but leas fun explanation. :-)
mutrock
Why is it always in New Mexico?
srobak
srobak 2
jamesm1405
Where are the photos?
MrTommy
MrTommy 8
Yeah, the 'selfie' with the object behind the pilot's face. It's 'un-today-like' to not have a selfie with whatever the subject is in the background.
TiredTom
Tom Bruce 5
something out of Holloman air base, no doubt
rgaviator
Ro Gal 2
Right....A wingless F-16 without a vertical fin?
dodonfred
dodonfred 2
New Amazon delivery service is almost ready?
musocat
You know, the Martian Government is getting tired of having to conjure up plausible explanations to the Martian people for all the spacecraft we're sending there. Methinks they are trying to get back at us by sending us a few spacecraft of their own!
crashandburn
tom mcdo 2
over Macho Grande, I'll never get
over macho grande.... sorry couldn't help it
linbb
linbb 4
Darn that thing glad it was not brown but it was something....................
jptq63
jptq63 8
Also glad it did not hit the (turbine) fan. :-)
wtwisniewski
I read that lots of similar incidents have occurred, but pilots are unwilling to risk embarrassment so they stay quiet. It would help if they filed NASA ASRS or posted anonymously on media tailored to this issue. Single reports are too unverifiable, but combined, a clearer picture could emerge. Giving pilots more legitimacy in reporting unidentified objects would also help.
IAOA
IAOA 3
Can American confirm the plane was not flying over a restricted space? Maybe 3 or 4 years ago, American was flying over restricted airspace (Arizona or Nevada--can't remember now). Bases let airlines know when they are testing missiles so planes don't fly over as a missile is being tested.
jbsimms
That would help immeasurably........
yr2012
Des Moines, NM - just west of Capulin extinct volcano?
Lots of weird stuff happens over there.
lbhorton
14 seconds of audio cutting off when you would expect a response? Going back to sleep.
n555cf
Remember that kid in the helium balloon floating across CO? Well actually he wasn't in it.
GeorgePepe
New Mexico, so maybe it was aliens and extraterrestrial life
darjr26
darjr26 1
Elon Musk is at it again..
wfmihok
Where there's smoke there's fire!
stzoomer
I think is is called an airplane...
stephenjshaner
s s -3
It was probably the new hyper-contagious "flying" corona strain meant to keep everyone locked down until 2024.

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ftldave
Yeah, because the "deregulate everything" BS worked really well for the Texas electric grid. Buy wholesale, takes your chances, chumps, and better get a second or third job to pay off the $9000 light bill. LOL!
21voyageur
perhaps jobs associated with the "green new deal" will not only outpace those associated with the declining technology (oil and gas) but provide even greater opportunities for the future. And hey, the weather works in your favour! (#3 state in terms of sunlight/year (76%) Get the governor working to get solar-based industry into your state.
amacnabb
Yeah, because the "green new deal" BS worked really well in Texas a week ago...
rbdancer
There is no "green new deal" yet. It's a proposal. Texas didn't winterize its wind turbines any better than it winterized its natural gas systems, which were the main things that failed. Get a grip.
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
Ignorance is bliss. Biden and his handlers can blame dementia
KineticRider
Randy Marco -3
Yes and YOU are proof of your first sentence!

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