On Sunday, Feb 21, just after 1:00 PM CST the author of this blog recorded off a radio scanner an American Airlines passenger jet reporting an unidentified object that flew close and just over the aircraft.
At approximately 1:19 CST on the Albuquerque Center frequency of 127.850 MHz or 134.750 MHz (recording wasn't frequency stamped) the pilot reported: "Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us - I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing - moving really fast right over the top of us."
According to Flight 24 and Flight Aware AAL 2292 was over the northeast corner of New Mexico west of Clayton, New Mexico. No reply was monitored by Albuquerque Center because local (Amarillo) air traffic walked on top of it. AAL 2292 was near flight level 370 (37k) at the time of the report.
No significant military aircraft presence was noted on ADS-B logs.
The aircraft flew on to land in Phoenix, AZ.
Here's a link to the flight path of AAL2292: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL2292
Links to audio for personal or news use only (not licensed for entertainment purposes):
Link to entire morning recordings: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/dd1f53a0fdfe024d2a4d8bfb71d8ea6320210221213022/68d2909f048a84fb04fe06dc330f8ec920210221213107/c3f0e2
This is a developing story and we will post more when we know more.
UPDATE: (C) Copyright KVII TV:
American Airlines emailed ABC 7 News the following statement on Tuesday morning:
At this time, we do not have any indication the radio transmission was from the flight crew on board American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21.
NOTE; The entire intercepted aviation monitoring recording (including Flight 2292 giving their call sign before the transmission) can be downloaded HERE for analysis. Flight 2292's call begins at 1:13:09
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By day, Douglass is the chief photojournalist for ABC 7 in Amarillo, Texas. His communications monitoring expertise has helped break both national and international news stories for ABC News, CBS News, CNN, the Associated Press and others.
He was one of the first to photograph the tragic re-entry of the Space Shuttle Columbia as it streaked to its doom over Texas and alerted the world’s press when a Russian submarine sank in the Atlantic due to a fire in a missile compartment.
On 9-11, Douglass monitored the frantic aero communications of that tragic day and kept the press informed of the FAA’s and the military’s desperate attempts to distinguish hijacked aircraft from those packed with innocent commuters.
As an author, Douglass' first book, The Comprehensive Guide to Military Monitoring, is considered by many the bible on the art of intercepting military communications.
He has also written many feature articles on emerging stealth technologies, aviation, astronomy, and cutting-edge technologies for Aircraft Illustrated (UK) Popular Science Magazine, and has been a behind the scenes contributor to Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine, the "must read" publication of the defense and aviation industries.
Douglass was also contributing writer for Monitoring Times and Popular Communications, magazines devoted to radio monitoring hobbyists.
Currently Steve is working on a sequel to, “The Interceptors Club and the Secret of the Black Manta" a novel based on his "stealth chasing" experiences.