Wednesday, August 01, 2007

O’Hare UFO Mystery Deepens

What did aircraft mechanics and pilots at Chicago’s O’Hare airport see on the afternoon of November 7, 2006 at 4:30PM above terminal C17?

No one is sure, but a new report from a private agency, the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCA) concluded the object was solid and a “potential threat” to air traffic at O’Hare.

In an
infamous report by the Chicago Tribune published on January 1, the words used to describe the “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) based on eyewitness accounts include “elliptical-shaped,” “motionless,” “saucerlike,” “dark gray and well defined,” “made no noise,” “metallic-looking object” and “did not display any lights”. On each of these points, witnesses were in agreement. The only things they seemed to disagree on were how big the thing was (somewhere between 6 and 24 feet) and whether or not it was spinning.

Once again, these were aircraft mechanics and pilots that saw the thing. Not accountants, teachers or waitresses. Aircraft mechanics and pilots: people that know what conventional aircraft look like.

But they couldn’t identify what ever it was they saw on November 7, 2006 at 4:30PM above gate C17 at Chicago’s O’Hare international airport.

According to the Tribune report, “All the witnesses to the O'Hare event, who included at least several pilots, said they are certain based on the disc's appearance and flight characteristics that it was not an airplane, helicopter, weather balloon or any other craft known to man.”

After hovering for a few minutes, the object shot through the cloud deck and left a circular wound, “like somebody punched a hole in the sky,” said one witness.

So what are officials at the FAA, O’Hare airport and United Airlines doing to investigate this potential threat to air traffic safety? Denying anything unusual happened, lying, making lame excuses and cracking jokes (in that order), of course.

At first, the FAA shrugged their shoulders when asked about the O’Hare incident. But when Tribune reporters filed a Freedom of Information Act request, they suddenly perked up and acknowledged one of United’s workers called the O’Hare traffic control tower to report something mysterious in the airspace over Concourse C.

Despite the FAA record, United denies any knowledge of the incident. “There's no record of anything,” a spokesperson told the tribune. The FAA has one. And according to witnesses, United actually does have a record or two. “Some [witnesses] said they were interviewed by United officials and instructed to write reports and draw pictures of what they observed.”

At least one flight controller expressed concern over the incident. "To fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable," said one worker.

FAA officials were able to control their laugher long enough to give an official explanation of what all those kooky aircraft mechanics and pilots saw: “weather phenomena.”

It’s comforting to see that FAA officials and air traffic controllers, the people closest to aircraft mechanics and pilots, take their reports so seriously. I’m already feeling safer about my next plane trip.

For the record, my interest in this subject was renewed by
a recent report on the O’Hare incident by the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP).

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