At Least The FAA Isn't Saying It's A Weather Balloon
Reading the reports, here's a summary of what several United crew members (including some pilots) saw: On November 7, 2006, at 4:30 PM, a mechanic taxiing a Boeing 777 saw a disc shaped object in the sky. Others soon spotted the same object. The UFO was dark grey and very defined against the clouds. Some said it looked like a rotating frisbee, while others didn't think it was spinning. It had no lights. It hovered above the airport until bolting at tremendous speed through the overcast sky, even leaving a strange hole in the clouds in its wake.
"It was like somebody punched a hole in the sky," said one United employee.
John Hilkevitch first broke the story, calling the FAA to verify. The FAA denied any sort of report coming from O'Hare aiport or from any United employee. After Hilkevitch did some fantastic reporting and got the Chicago Tribune to file a Freedom of Information Act request, the FAA finally admitted there was some report filed, but they were not investigating it.
FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said that the sighting was probably caused by a "weather phenomon"(like one pictured left). End of story.
I'm surprised she didn't say it was perhaps Pat Robertson's angels of death decending on the city, readying to make his prediction of a mass murder coming true.
United Airlines denies any sort of report being filed by crew members or employees, however. A United spokeswoman said there is no record of the UFO report and that United officials don't recall any discussion of this sighting. "There's nothing in the duty manager log, which is used to report unusual incidents," said United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy. "I checked around. There's no record of anything."
Speaking anonymously, the United witnesses said they were interviewed by United management and even told to draw pictures of what they saw. They were also told not to discuss the matter with anyone.
I did some digging of my own, and went to the National UFO Reporting Center's database. The NUFOC is an organization that has established a nationwide hotline for anyone to report a UFO. I actually found a revised eyewitness report from a United manager employee (revised to protect his identity). Here are just a few exerpts from his report:
"I ran out of my office and saw a relatively small object hovering in place over C17. The METAR was reporting OVC 1900 and I initially estimated the object hovering at about 1000 feet. After about a minute, I saw the aircraft zip to the east and disappeared."
"[A crewmember] then made the radio call and notified the pilots at that gate who opened the front windows and witnessed the object for themselves. The employee stated the object was 500-1000 feet above the ground, rotating, and metallic in nature with no lights. He said it looked like a frisbe and was directly above."
"All employees are very familiar with aircraft around the world's busiest airport - this was nothing we are familiar with. As a side note as it is probably unrelated, the next aircraft into that gate was experiencing electrical problems."
With United Airlines and the FAA denying everything and not taking the sighting seriously, many employees are angry and frustrated. They said that such an object might interfere with radar equipment, airplane functions, or even create a collision hazard.
One witness was emotionally overwhelmed from witnessing the craft and had "experienced some religious issues" over it, one fellow worker reported.
UFOs flying over the airport could potentially be very dangerous, and I can't figure out why our government isn't investigating. At the very least, do we need yet ONE MORE reason for delays at O'Hare?
In related news, O'Hare rival, Midway Airport, crew members have reported sightings of Sasquatch running from Concourse A, through the food court, into Concourse C, often times grabbing a hot dog from Gold Coast Dogs, stealing office supplies, or dry humping a wall along the way.