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it's a bird, it's a drone, it's a remote controlled plane

Postby brainpanhandler » Wed May 16, 2012 9:00 pm

I'd love to know who was on the plane.

Mystery object nearly causes mid-air collision
10:26 PM, May 15, 2012

DENVER - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a mystery in the sky. A mysterious object flying over Denver nearly caused a mid-air collision Monday evening, 9Wants to Know has learned.

As far as investigators know, the mystery object did not show up on radar Monday.

Investigators believe this object, whatever it is, could pose a serious safety hazard to planes.

Radio transmissions from confirm a nervous-sounding pilot reported a strange object at 5:17 p.m. Monday.

The pilot is heard telling air traffic control: "A remote controlled aircraft, or what? Something just went by the other way ... About 20 to 30 seconds ago. It was like a large remote-controlled aircraft.

The corporate jet, a Cessna Citation 525 CJ1, was flying at 8,000 feet above sea level over Cherry Creek when the mystery object came close enough to make any pilot nervous.

"That's an issue because now we have something in controlled airspace that poses a danger," Former NTSB Investigator and 9NEWS Aviation Analyst Greg Feith said.

Feith listened to the air traffic recordings and believes the object could be one of three things:

- A military or law enforcement drone.
- A remote controlled aircraft.
- A large bird.

"Was this an unmanned vehicle that was part of some sort of law enforcement operation? Was this somebody that had flown a large model aircraft inadvertently into the airspace? Or was it just [a bird that] caught the pilot's eye so he believed it was an aircraft but could have been a very large wing span bird," Feith said.

Any one of those things can be catastrophic if it collides with an airplane.

Three years ago, a bird strike took down a commercial airliner that managed to land safely in the Hudson River. All the passengers survived.

FAA spokesman Mike Fergus says investigators will talk to the pilot and look at other clues.

"The threat is there from a collision standpoint. We'll do as much as we can here to try to track back what time it was. Probably talk with some remote-control clubs, that type of thing," Fergus said.

The mission of investigators now is to identify that mystery object before another close call, or worse.

9Wants to Know has reached out to sources in the military, local, and federal law enforcement.

So far, nobody has been able to tell us if a drone was flying over Denver.

We also called local airports and model aircraft clubs.

John Dickens, president of the Denver RC Eagles, says members are not permitted to fly more than 400 feet above ground level or about 5,700 feet above sea level, due to possible air traffic interference with Centennial Airport. Dickens said he would look into the incident.

If you have any information, contact 9Wants to Know investigator Will Ripley at 303-871-1825 or email him at

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Re: it's a bird, it's a drone, it's a remote controlled plan

Postby Inkwhyring » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:01 am

Wow-I believe I may have related a bit of this'and let me say I did not see this myself,buit happened to my mate of going on 7 years'-he's not a liar or a a nut job=he was into drugs from early on,hung out at Keseys''and eventually got nto drug production-at the height of his lawlessness-the ATF was on him-and one day out in the sticks'he ad his buddy kept hearing what sounded like a humming nearby;chainsaw?riverboat?bees?and then he looked up and saw a craft fitted for one man.and indeed a man in it.lying feet about treetop height.40 feet or so!!!!!!And.later on that day.a SUNDAY.the +mailman+dropped off aerial photos of their whereabouts.and activities!As a WARNING(this was back when the good ole' boys mentality still reined-you know how the cops used to just make you dump out your OPEN beer?Believe it.they have alll kinds of far out shit at their disposal! :shrug:
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