O' Hare International Airport

Date: November 7, 2006
Location: O'Hare aiport, Chicago, USA
Appearance: Disc, dark grey metallic
Sources: NARCAP; MUFON; United Airlines employees
Summary: UFO hovers over airport

On November 7, 2006, Flight 446 was getting ready to fly to North Carolina from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Then a United Airlines employee on the tarmac noticed a dark grey metallic craft hovering over gate C17.

A total of 12 United Airlines employees and some witnesses outside the airport spotted a round, revolving, gray, metallic appearing object around 4:15 p.m. The witnesses say it hovered for about five minutes before shooting upward, where it broke a hole in the clouds that lasted for as long as 10 minutes, so that pilots and mechanics could see the blue sky.

Based on eye witness testimony, the UFO would have ranged in size from about 22 to 88 feet diameter, at an altitude of about 1500 feet (500 m).

The website Abovetopsecret.com received two cell phone photographs, each showing a small image of the UFO. Both images were shown to Photoshop and other electronic graphics experts and the consensus is that the cell phone images are real.

Debunking

Megan McCarthy, a United Airlines spokeswoman, told newspaper reporter J. Hilkevitch that "There's nothing in the duty manager log, which is used to report unusual incidents. I checked around. There's no record of anything." But a later NARCAP request for all tower logs and communications, clearly showed three separate telephone inquiries from the United ramp tower and management concerning the UFO and also a notation of one of these calls in the FAA tower's "Daily Record of Facility Operation." An airline employee summarized his company's attitude toward this incident as "corporate culture of apathy."

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said: "Our theory on this is that it was a weather phenomenon. 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."
But it was not at night, the airport ramp lights had not yet been turned on!

Because the UFO was not seen on radar, the FAA declined to investigate.

Eye witness testimony

J.L. was a 52 year-old woman, former radio news anchor and reporter, with many hours in the air and experience with many types of aircraft. In January 2007, she posted several messages on the forum of Abovetopsecret.com. Later on she was interviewed by Sam Maranto from MUFON and by Linda Moulton Howe.

The witness was turning off Mannheim Road into O’Hare to terminal five when she first noticed the object in the sky. A bit later see saw the UFO from the parking lot. Below are quotes of what she wrote/said:

"[my sighting] was thirteen or fourteen minutes all together."

"It didn't in any way look like a plane. It seemed very much to adsorb and take on the colors of its surrounding."

"... my first reaction was this must be metallic but (...) I thought it was like, maybe it's ceramic of some sort? Because it has, almost has, this... fuzzy opalescent quality to it."

"You knew even with the naked eye that it was something kind of oval, disk shaped. Not as hard edged as the stereotypical disk, it seemed to have a counter clock wise spin going on."

"It was smaller than conventional plane I was putting anywhere from twenty five to thirtyish feet."

"From the parking lot (...) I could still see it somewhat from the side but could see the bottom better, and it looked a little more disklike from the bottom, but there was enough sideview to see that it was a bit 'higher' than the stereotypical flying disk... a little thicker than a Frisbee proportionately, in other words, and with much smoother curves."

"I did see it leave. It didn't go quite straight up, and from my angle I couldn't see bluesky at the top of the hole... but it surely did leave a hole, and it went from no movement to incredible speed in a split second... no noticeable acceleration, just gone. And no sonic boom."

"I could see the hole [in the clouds]. I couldn’t see up into it. A tight elliptical hole from my angle just about the size of the thing, it wasn’t a huge hole but you could see that it had punched a hole in the cloud."

"There were more than fifteen people watching it just in the parking lot where I was... so the corroborating evidence can come from more than just airline employees. There are a lot of people out there who haven't come forward yet, and just from the amount of photo-taking I saw, there are a number of photos that haven't yet been released."