Unknown flying object nearly causes mid-air collision above Denver
London, May 18 (ANI): Aviation authorities are trying to figure out the mysterious flying object in the skies above Colorado that almost caused a mid-air crash.
The object was sighted by a commercial jet pilot, who claimed to air traffic controllers that some kind of flying craft got too close for comfort on Monday.
In a transmission that appeared on LiveATC.net, the operator of the Cessna Citation 525 CJ1 says: "A remote controlled aircraft, or what?
"Something just went by the other way ... About 20 to 30 seconds ago. It was like a large remote-controlled aircraft."
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Mike Fergus said that it is working to get some answers, and that if the pilot's story is true, such an object can be extremely dangerous.
"The threat is there from a collision standpoint. We'll do as much as we can here to try to track back what time it was," the Daily Mail quoted him as telling 9News.
"Probably talk with some remote-control clubs, that type of thing," he said.
In an emailed statement to USA Today, the agency said: "The FAA is investigating the incident and will try to positively identify the object the Citation pilot reported, where it came from and who was operating it."
Greg Feith, a former NTSB investigator told the station that proximity of the object is an issue, because "now we have something in controlled airspace that poses a danger."
Feith said that the object could have been either a military or police drone or a large radio-controlled craft - like the pilot suggested.
He also posed the idea that in the pilot's haste, he may have mistaken the object for a large bird.
Any one of those objects has the ability to bring down a plane in mid-air.
9News reported the Citation was about 8,000 feet above sea level, or about 2,800 feet above the ground, at the time the pilot reported the seeing the object.
The pilot's name was not immediately available and it's not clear how many people were on the plane.
No damage or injuries have been reported. (ANI)
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