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Airline Pilot Reports Round Unidentified Objects ‘Flying in Formation’ For Hours During NYC-Bound Flight


Sep. 8 2023, Published 11:09 a.m. ET

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An airline pilot claims he saw mysterious objects flying randomly at 32,000 feet during a recent flight.

The claim comes secondhand through retired U.S. Navy pilot Ryan Graves. The executive director of Americans for Safe Aerospace testified at a Congressional hearing on UFOs this summer, Knewz reported.

Graves recently wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, about a report he received from a captain on a “major U.S. carrier” about a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to New York during the last week of July.

The captain “called out a visual on traffic that was excessively bright and looked like about 80 miles range... and then disappeared visually” one hour into the flight, Graves wrote.

Minutes later, the captain “saw two objects round in shape, one lighted and one not flying in a formation just above the horizon,” Graves added.

The objects glowed “as bright as a star” for several seconds, then go dark for several minutes before lighting again, the captain claimed.

“This went on for the remaining 2-2.5 hours of my fight” to John F. Kennedy International Airport, Graves wrote.

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The captain recorded seven minutes of video on his smartphone, which Graves posted on his X feed. The captain also took 30 photos.

“Stars are pins of light but the UFO’s are streaks of light because they are moving,” the captain told Graves.

The captain concluded the objects were “out of the atmosphere” when his jet began to descend for landing.


Graves said he removed audio from the captain’s recording “for the privacy of the aircrew."

A Knewz review of flight schedules between Santo Domingo and JFK indicates the captain works either for Delta Air Lines or JetBlue.

“Commercial pilots have been recording sightings,” Graves wrote separately. “With their permission, I’ll begin to share.”

Graves recently provided testimony about UFOs before the House Oversight Committee.


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