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Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/5/2008 17:30 (Entered as : 030508 17:30)
Reported: 3/6/2008 8:49:14 PM 20:49
Posted: 3/31/2008
Location: New Mexico (above; in flight), AZ
Shape: Disk
Duration:5-6 minutes
Observed Stationary Metallic Disc in Arizona.

I am a 41 year old male, married with one child, who resides in Austin, TX. I have been a clinical research professional for the past 14 years. I manage clinical drug studies for pharmaceutical and biotech firms. I have a degree in life sciences. My career involves frequent air travel. As a frequent flier for twelve years, I have never really seen any strange sights or possible UFOs until yesterday, March 5, 2008.

I was on an American Airlines 4:50 PM flight from Tucson to Dallas. The flight left Tucson at 5:00 PM (Mountain Time). The flight flew approximately in a east-northeasterly route and the skies were generally cloudy and the ground below was not visible.

About thirty minutes into the flight, the skies cleared and the ground became visible. There was no haze or dust obscuring the view from my seat.

As I was looking out the plane’s window at the ground below, I spotted a (chrome) metallic, saucer-shaped disc hovering above the ground. As we were flying about 30, 000 feet, the object was below and I got a good view of the top and sides of it. It appeared to be metallic as I could see the setting sun reflected on it’s surface. The surface was smooth as well.

I noticed that it was nearly stationary, hovering over the same spot. It wobbled and pitched a little but remained stationary.

The ground below looked like typical desert and was devoid of any trees or grasses. There was a dry creek bed to the left (east) of the object and the nearest indication of human activity in the area was a circular crop field about a mile or two east of the creek bed. I did not see any buildings or roads anywhere nearby to where the object was hovering. I estimated that the object must have been about 1000-1500 feet above the ground.

At first I wondered if I was seeing a water tower but I did not see any type of supporting structure.

I watched the object for as long as I could. I estimate that I watched it for a good four to five minutes. I looked at my watch after I could not see it any longer and noted the time at 5:35 PM.

I also estimated that this area was about 250 miles east-northeast of Tucson, AZ.

I was expecting the object to fly off but it appeared not to notice my plane flying above it. It stayed stationary the whole time I viewed it.

I was able to view it on three sides- west facing to top to east facing. It was perfectly symmetric except the top did seem to have conical shape. I am not sure of the diameter of the object but I would guess that it might have been around 40-60 feet.

I wondered if other passengers or anyone on the ground saw it?