By Brian Webb

An American Airlines pilot reported seeing “a long, cylindrical object” come startlingly close to the aircraft as it was flying over New Mexico.

The strange incident, which happened Sunday during a flight from Kentucky to Phoenix, is being looked into by the FBI, the agency said in a statement.

The pilot called air traffic control shortly after noon local time to report seeing the object, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Do you have any targets up here?” the pilot is heard asking on a radio transmission. “We just had something just go over the top of us that — I hate to say this — looked like a long, cylindrical object.”

The FBI released a statement about the reported incident, saying, “The FBI is aware of the reported incident. While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public. Anyone who is aware of suspicious or criminal activity should contact their local law enforcement agency or the FBI.”

Steve Douglass, an experienced radio interceptor and the proprietor of Deep Black Horizon, told The War Zone that he was recording from his arsenal of scanners when he heard the strange transmission.

Steve has provided the radio clip for download, you can listen to it here.

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