|Occurred : 3/26/2001 04:40 (Entered as : 03/26/01 0440)
Reported: 4/5/2001 23:47
Location: Minneapolis, MN
|((NUFORC Note: All technical information that could be used to identify the airline, the flight #, and ultimately the crew members has been deleted from the report. PD))
We were at FL330/33,000ft ((deleted)) bound ((deleted))-Chicago 3/26/01 @ 0440 Central Time. The sky was still black when we saw a white light, brighter than an aircraft and about as bright as some of the night stars moving very fast from west to east. It moved in a horizontal line and did not appear to be a meteor etc., which I have seen bounce across the atmosphere as it moved across the horiz. It moved much faster than we were going (575 kts) and was much higher than an aircraft could fly. I was only visual on it for about 1 min. at the most and the Co-Pilot said he saw it a bit before I noticed it. What brought my attention to it was another airline pilot pointing it out to the Air Traffic control center and asking if they had any high altitude fast movers? They said NO. I called and told the other airline pilot and center that we aslo had the object in sight. That is it.
Addenda to original report:
((NUFORC Note: Our request for more information.))
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Dear Capt. ((deleted)),
Thank you very much for the excellent report! Reports from commercial airliner crews are more precious to us than 3 oz. gold nuggets lying in a stream bed...
What FAA facility was handling your flight at the time of the sighting, please? I would like to request the audio from the FAA through a Freedom of Information request, and it helps to be able to direct it to
the appropriate Center. I suspect it may have been Minneapolis Center, but confirmation of that
would be helpful.
Also, can you share what your call sign was at the time? That helps the FAA do the search, and go right to the radio communication with certainty that they have the right audio cuts. We will not release the name of your company, of course, in our written material. However, if we ever play the tape in a
public forum, since it is public record, we leave the call signs in the recording, unless requested to delete them.
Thank you again for sharing the information with our Center!
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((NUFORC Note: Captain's responses.))
Director UFO Center
Thx for the reply to the suspected ufo sighting on 3/26/01. I will provide the call sign but do REQUEST ITS DELETION IN ANY RECORDINGS PLAYED once aquired from FAA. THX.
We were in ((deleted)) Center Airspace and we were ((deleted))--ORD @ FL330 (I
believe), ((company name deleted)) Flt# ((flt. # deleted. Glad to provide the info as long as it
is used appropriately.
Capt. ((name deleted))
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Thank you for the message. Unfortunately, since the FAA recycles their audio tapes every 15 days, I suspect the data are now gone. I will check, however. I have ridden that flight ((deleted))...on many occasions. ((Sentence deleted))
Thanks for your response. Please share with fellow crew members that NUFORC exists. We cannot secure the data if we don't know about it.
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Sorry I'm late with the info, but there was not much said. The ((airline)) guys mentioned the white lite, fast moving west to east and asked center. They replied that they had no higher altitude traffic very fast moving. ((airline deleted)) did not say anything else and we just replied that we too did see the same object. End of conversation--sorry. I'll definitely pass on your Web so other pilots can forward any data also. Capt. ((name and airline deleted))
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