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Occurred : 9/19/2018 19:00 (Entered as : 09/19/2018 19:00)
Reported: 9/26/2018 10:20:18 AM 10:20
Posted: 9/27/2018
Location: Pacific Ocean,
Shape: Light
Duration:Minutes
Airline crew witnesses and attempts to photograph a brightly lighted object over the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaiian Airlines Flight #40 - UFO Sighting on 9-19-18
Location: Over Pacific Ocean (664 miles southwest of Newport, OR)
Date: 9-19-18 Time: ~7:00pm PT
Synopsis: This report was personally relayed to me by a friend who I knew many years ago, but who tracked me down after hearing of this incident. He is now a commercial airline pilot for an airline company that is not Hawaiian Airlines, but rather a rival airline.

My friend was piloting a flight across the Pacific Ocean on the night in question. During the flight, at roughly the time listed above, he heard radio chatter from a Hawaiian Airlines Flight #40 heading Eastbound across the Pacific (flight from Maui to Portland, OR). They stated they had been observing a very large white ball or sphere that had black markings on it. The flight was at a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft and the object was on the same Eastbound heading, but at an estimated altitude of 36,000 ft.

After initially observing this object, the three crew members attempted to snap photos of it as they gradually closed on it. However, according to the statements made over the radio, the photos were blurry and did not show the object. They did state that the object appeared to be very large. They added that their hands were all shaking whilst trying to photograph the object due to their collective apprehension in not knowing what this thing was, but knowing it was NOT an aircraft. Eventually, the plane passed by the object as they were apparently moving faster, albeit in the same direction. That was the last they saw of the object.

No attempt was made to gain access to audio recordings of the event as the planes were over the Pacific Ocean too far away from Air Traffic Control Centers. All communication this far out to sea is strictly “air-to-air frequency”. It was on this frequency that the communication from the Hawaiian Airlines was heard by my friend and commercial pilot.

The location of the sighting was over a point designated as HEKAB (latitude/longitude coordinates: N 39.24.8 W 134.58.4), which lies 664 miles southwest of Newport, OR.

Report by David Marler (updated 9-26-18) 2


((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to DAVID MARLER, well-known UFO investigator and author, who composed and forwarded the report to the National UFO Reporting Center. PD))