Mystery Craft Flies Over Oregon
The FAA confirmed that on October 25th, 2017 an unidentified aircraft flew over Oregon. No flight plans, collision avoidance signals or identification transponder could be found, and the North American Aerospace Command couldn't find it in the sky. The Air Force launched F-15s to track it, but lost sight of the it over Oregon
An unidentified aircraft was seen flying among other airliners in skies above Oregon - causing confusion among air traffic control and the Air Force, which sent F-15s to investigate.
While information about plane's pilot or intended destination remain unclear, some have suggested that the aircraft was trafficking drugs.
Additionally, it is believed that the mysterious flight could be a potential breach of national security.
FAA and North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) confirmed that the aircraft had flown over Oregon.
The aircraft first caused alarm when the Seattle Center struggled to make contact with it. Meanwhile, air traffic control stations were reportedly having difficulty following it on radar.
The FAA asked NORAD to help track the aircraft at heights of 35,000 and 40,000ft - where commercial flights usually fly - but failed to find anything.
Eventually the US Air Force's F-15C interceptor fighters were launched to investigate but never found the aircraft, despite having advanced combat search and tracking radar technology aboard.
It's believed that the aircraft was flying at a speed equal or higher to that of a commercial airliner.
It still remains unclear who was flying the aircraft or where it was headed.
Oregon is north of Nevada's Groom Lake, the US Air Force testing facility better known as Area 51.
A traveler that was flying from the Bay Area to Seattle when he heard about the unidentified aircraft. "We kept overhearing Seattle Center attempting to track an airplane with no transponder who wasn't talking. A handful of crews were able to track it visually, best they could tell it was between FL350-370 [35,000-37,000 feet], northbound. Nobody else was close enough to see the type. Last we heard it was over the Willamette valley northbound and some fighters, perhaps out of PDX [Portland International Airport], were scrambled to go take a peek. Center had trouble tracking it on primary radar. The last airplane to see it had to descend into Portland and lost sight of it. The fighters were scrambled out of PDX but flew around for a while and did not find it. And that's that."
source - dailyMail
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