America West Airlines Case
|Date:||May 25, 1995|
|Location:||Bovina, Texas, USA|
|Summary:||America West airliner encountered large cylinder shaped UFO|
An America West B-757 airliner encountered a UFO with flashing lights along its length, near Bovina (Texas) on May 25, 1995. The plane was designated as America West Flight 564, and was at 39,000 feet, piloted by Captain Eugene Tollefson.
First Officer John Waller and a flight attendant observed a row of bright white, orange and blue tinged flashing lights which travelled in sequence from left to right. The lights were below their flying altitude. Waller immediately made radio contact with the Albuquerque traffic control center, but nothing could be found that should be flying in that space at that time.
The B-757 continued its course, and the lights began to fall behind it. A group of dark thunderclouds formed, and enabled the UFO to be seen as a cigar-shaped object as its lights illuminated the back drop of the thunderclouds. Waller and his co-pilot estimated the object's length at 300 - 400 feet (90 - 120 m).
A US Air Force F1-17A Nighthawk flying in the same area also reported seeing the UFO.
NORAD was contacted and they confirmed that they had a strange object on radar for several minutes; it was stationary at first, then accelerated rapidly and stopped abruptly, repeating this sequence several times. The speed was computed to be between 1,000 and 1,400 mph (1,600-2,240 km/h).
Investigator Walter Webb of the UFO Research Coalition interviewed the airliner's crew and the air traffic controllers. He also obtained the tapes of the conversation between FAA air traffic controllers and their contacts during the sighting.