Pilot reports near collision with mystery object over Denver (Update: Nothing found)

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Mystery object nearly causes mid-air collision | wtsp.com.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a mystery in the sky. A mysterious object flying over Denver nearly caused a mid-air collision Monday evening, 9Wants to Know has learned.

As far as investigators know, the mystery object did not show up on radar Monday.

Investigators believe this object, whatever it is, could pose a serious safety hazard to planes.

Radio transmissions from LiveATC.com confirm a nervous-sounding pilot reported a strange object at 5:17 p.m. Monday.

The pilot is heard telling air traffic control: “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.

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Authorities think it is one of the following: a military or law enforcement drone, a remote controlled aircraft, or a large bird. Of course this will be recorded as a UFO sighting.

The thing is,there are A LOT of things in the sky these days. Just from the past year, we have seen stories where people have mistaken data collection balloons, chinese lanterns, remote controlled objects (some specifically made to fool people), and hoaxes in the air. We have also seen the prevalence of drones grow.

Could this be a alien spacecraft or something not of this world. The odds are not likely since there are so many odd but terrestrial explanations that would fit.

UPDATE (17-May-2012) Authorities have reported finding a solar bag. But it’s not clear if that’s what was seen.

UPDATE (18-May-2012) Nothing has been found. More fuel for the UFO folks.

  14 comments for “Pilot reports near collision with mystery object over Denver (Update: Nothing found)

  1. Mike S
    May 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    And let’s not forget the airplane pilot who mistook Venus for another plane.

  2. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    If it was a drone (law enforcement/miliatry) it is not allowed to operate at altitudes or in corridors where it would interfere with air traffic. Also they would have to have an active transponder as to alert any nearby traffic for it’s presence. Also an R/C model at 8K feet would be invisbile to it’s ground-based pilot so highly unlikely.

  3. Tom
    May 16, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Perhaps it was foreign military, then. It would serve us right.

  4. Tom
    May 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Lots for a spy to see in CO.

  5. Richard Cornford
    May 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I think you are underestimating what is currently available in terms private/hobby drone technology. Have a look at:-


    (for example, the “Video/OSD” section of their store in relation to very long range operation.)

    Beyond line of sight and high altitude operation may not be legal (or safe) but both are available to the general public ‘off the shelf’.

  6. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Not underestimating anything. I am well aware of that, however that being said not many people have the finances for that and those that do would take a mere pittance of investigation to locate and question. And those that DO buy those are well aware of the restrictions and would be rather stupid to put thier craft in jeopardy as well as risk federal charges.

  7. Richard Cornford
    May 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    An investigation that starts off with “A remote controlled aircraft, or what? Something just went by the other way …” probably wouldn’t be that easy to backtrack to a private individual (at least until they post the video on youtube). Still, if we live in a world where nobody has more money than sense everything should be fine πŸ˜‰

  8. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    The FAA can take the approximate point of report and investigate those that are hobbyists in the area. It is the same thing they do with laser pointer incidents. Internet searches and reciepts are very easy to track. However they probably wouldn’t do that unless they planned to make an example and were semi sure it was a homemade drone.

  9. Richard Cornford
    May 16, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    This (and the recent (May 1st) potential UFO “threat” story) make me think that it might be a good idea for commercial aircraft to be fitted with a few outward pointing HD video cameras and whatever goes on around them during their flights recorded. Most of the time nothing would happen and the recordings could be deleted but when something is observed the pilots would have something objective to back up their observations and the authorities would have a starting point for tracing any offending objects. That would have been a pain in the days of video tape recording but the same advances in electronics miniaturisation and digital video that make DIY UAVs viable would make such a practice reasonably cheap, easy and convenient nowadays.

  10. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    I wholly AGREE! I am dumbfounded that this has not come to fruition yet, especially with the litigious nature of things.

  11. Fastmover01
    May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    If we can do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H92MYkHw6OY&feature=related

    we can put HD cams on commercial craft.

  12. Bedroom
    May 23, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Well… I’m sorry but it IS an UFO! It was an object. Flying. Still unidentified to this day. Let’s call it what it is, an Unidentified Flying Object! UFO doesn’t mean flying saucer.

  13. Richard Cornford
    May 23, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    No, the evidence does not support any assertion that this was an object (so also not necessarily “flying”). There remains the possibility that the thing that was observed was no more than something like an unexpected atmospheric phenomenon causing an optical effect (that the pilot then observed). That would not qualify as a “flying object”, but only “unidentified”.

  14. Noah
    May 29, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    So “something went by the other way”, eh?

    Most stuff does when you are traveling at 300+ MPH…

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