Tuesday, January 02, 2007
UFO over Chicago airport
On November 7, a dozen United Airlines employees spotted a UFO hovering over Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Airline officials deny any knowledge of the sighting but a supervisor from United did in fact call the Federal Aviation Administration's control tower asking whether anyone there saw the elliptical object or spotted it on radar. From the Chicago Tribune:
Like United, the FAA originally told the Tribune that it had no information on the alleged UFO sighting. But the federal agency quickly reversed its position after the newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
An internal FAA review of air-traffic communications tapes, a step toward complying with the Tribune request, turned up the call by the United supervisor to an FAA manager in the airport tower, (said FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory.)
Cory said the weather might have factored into what the witnesses thought they saw.
"Our theory on this is that it was a weather phenomenon," she said. "That night was a perfect atmospheric condition in terms of low [cloud] ceiling and a lot of airport lights. When the lights shine up into the clouds, sometimes you can see funny things. That's our take on it."