NUFORC Sighting 139202

Occurred: 2018-03-12 16:05 Local
Reported: 2018-03-19 08:29 Pacific
Duration: <10 seconds
No of observers: 3

Location: Arizona (above; in flight), AZ, USA

Shape: Cylinder
Characteristics: Aura or haze around object, Left a trail

Mysterious shaped form flying beside SWA flt 612 over Northern AZ @ 4:05 PM PDT - alttitude 35,000 - 40,000 ft

My wife and I were returning to Baltimore from San Diego on SWA flight 612 on 3/12/2018. We had been in the air for approximately 90 minutes (4:00 PM PDT) so we were at our cruising altitude of 36,000 to 40,000 ft and I would guess we were somewhere over Arizona in a NE direction. We were sitting on the right side of the plane in row 5 or 6 and I was sitting in the window seat.

I looked out the window and I noticed a strange form that was flying alongside the plane and appeared to be looking at me. It was dark/grayish (almost black) in color and while it had defined boundaries to it shape it appeared to be fluidlike in substance. It was traveling alongside the plane and at the same time it was moving in an undulating fashion of up/down and side to side as a snake slithers but mixed in with that was the up/down of a roller coaster – moving in all directions at once.

The form had facial like features and appeared to be looking at me. Best guess is that it was less than 100 feet from the plane and there was no observable noise that was heard during this event. The form gathered itself vertically and pulled itself from a length of seven feet into a form that was 12-18 inches in length. It was in the shape of a cylinder much like a gallon of paint and the facial portion of it was still looking at me. It maintained this form for approx. 2-3 seconds and then it turned southwest and disappeared at rocket speed in less than two seconds. I was unable to snap any photos and had no knowledge than anyone else observed what I had observed. I did tell my wife, who was sitting in the aisle seat that I had seen something strange out the window.

My thought was that I would speak to the pilots when we landed at BWI and inquire as to whether they had seen what I had seen. Upon landing @ BWI, I realized that the pilots had paperwork/reports to file and would be tied up for a while in the cockpit and that I couldn’t hold up the line of passengers who were ready to get off the plane after being inside it for almost five hours.

As we stood up to leave the plane, I did tell my wife that I wish that I had gotten a picture of what I had seen. At this time, the two ladies that were in the row behind my wife and I heard what I said about wishing that I had taken a picture and they excitedly said to me “You saw it too”! I replied yes, I had, and we chatted briefly. They agreed with what I described and saw the same phenomenon that I have detailed here. Here is where I made another mistake by not getting the name of either one of them.

I have a close friend who is a retired SWA pilot. I spoke to him last night, 3/18/2018, and he is going to try to attempt to learn the names of the pilot and co-pilot of SWA Flight 612 on 3/12/2018. If he is successful, he will contact them and hopefully give them my contact info or in a worst-case situation, detail to them what I have described here.

Occurred approximately 4:05-4-15 PM PDT. I wrote the below description in the notes of my phone within 10 minutes of the above described incident.

"Something strange/weird out plane window. Looked like flock of martins (birds), or huge swarm of bugs. Couldn’t get phone unlocked to get picture. Was moving as big black blob, but suddenly swooped up & was gone in an instant the opposite direction that we are heading. Was near our same altitude. Women sitting behind us confirmed what I saw. We talked about it as we were getting off plane. Described same thing that I saw."


We spoke via telephone with the witness, and he seemed to us to be quite serious in his demeanor, and sober-minded. We suspect he is an excellent witness, based on our conversation with him. PD

Posted 2018-03-23

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