O'Hare International Airport UFO Sighting
Unidentified Flying Objects Spotted at Airports
|O'Hare International Airport UFO Sighting
Unidentified Flying Objects Spotted at Airports
approximately 4:30 p.m on Tuesday November 7th, 2006, federal
authorities at Chicago O'Hare International Airport received a report
that a group of twelve airport employees were witnessing a metallic,
saucer-shaped craft hovering over gate C-17.
According to eyewitness reports, the strange object was first spotted by
a ramp employee who was "pushing back" United Airlines flight 446 which
was departing Chicago for Charlotte, North Carolina.
The ramp worker then apprised the flight crew of UA446 of the existence
of the spinning, metallic object above their aircraft, and it is
believed that both the pilot and co-pilot of this aircraft also
witnessed the object at that time.
According to Jon Hilkevitch of the Chicago Tribune in an interview on
CNN's Glenn Beck program: "The disk was visible for approximately two
minutes and was seen by close to a dozen United Airlines employees,
ranging from pilots to supervisors, who heard chatter on the radio and
raced out to view it."
The UFO was then seen to suddenly accelerate straight up through the
overcast skies. Witnesses reported that the object left behind an open
hole of clear air in the cloud layer and that the mysterious hole
disappeared or "closed" within a few minutes.
So far, no conclusive photographic evidence of the UFO has surfaced
although it was reported to Hilkevitch that one of the United Airlines
pilots was in possession of a digital camera at the time of the sighting
and may have photographed the event.
O'Hare UFO Leaked News Footage seconds before Broadcast
The following video was leaked from a News room, showing
unedited discussion of the Chicago O'Hare Airport UFO case among news
The Chicago O'Hare UFO sighting occurred on
November 7th, 2006, when people at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
reported seeing a saucer or disc-shaped UFO. The incident garnered
national media attention.
International Airport, also known as O'Hare Airport, O'Hare Field, or
simply O'Hare, is a major airport located in the northwestern-most
corner of Chicago, Illinois, United States, 17 miles (27 km) northwest
of the Chicago Loop.
Both United Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first
denied that they had any information on the O'Hare UFO sighting until
the Chicago Tribune, who was investigating the report, filed a Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The FAA then ordered an internal review of air-traffic communications
tapes to comply with the Tribune FOIA request which subsequently
uncovered a call by the United supervisor to an FAA manager in the
airport tower concerning the UFO sighting.
The FAA stance concludes that the sighting was caused by weather
phenomenon and that the agency would not be investigating the incident.
UFO investigators have pointed out that this stance is a direct
contradiction to the FAA's mandate to investigate possible security
breaches at American airports such as in this case; an object witnessed
by numerous airport employees and officially reported by at least one of
them, hovering in plain sight, over one of the busiest airports in the
Many witnesses interviewed by the Tribune were apparently "upset"
that federal officials declined to further investigate the matter.
The Chicago O'Hare airport UFO story was picked up by
various major mainstream media groups such as CNN, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News,
Chicago Tribune, NPR. Such widespread coverage of a UFO sighting by
today's mainstream media is somewhat unusual.
|Jon Hilkevitch on his Chicago O'Hare UFO Story
Chicago Tribune transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch describes the
phenomena that leads to periodic explosions of interest in his 2006
story about a UFO reported above O'Hare airport.
The article was breaking news of a possible (or impossible) visit by
It also disclosed efforts by the Federal Aviation
Administration and United officials to claim that they knew nothing
about the UFO reports, despite the witness accounts.
O`Hare UFO Sketch & Witness Interview
CNN - January 6th, 2007
A video surfaced in the spring of
2007 showing an unedited pre-interview discussion of the Chicago O'Hare
Airport UFO sighting between Jon Hilkevitch (the Chicago Tribune
transportation reporter who reported the Chicago UFO story) and Jim
Wagner a news anchor with CLTV, a 24 Hour news channel in Oak Brook,
The video shows both men having an off-air discussion about the amount
of international media reaction to the UFO story as well as discussing
United Airlines alleged "flip-flop" on the event and the FAA's
explanation as "weather phenomenon" that according to Hilkevitch's
sources "just doesn't wash."
Hilkevitch also mentions that photographs were possibly taken by a pilot
with a digital camera and that the story is "the most read story in the
history of CT.com (chicagotribune.com)" with almost a "million hits."
Hilkevitch then goes on to say that he is hearing from: "serious
researchers at major US universities who've attempted to do their own
investigations and, when they go to the government to try to get
information, they get stonewalled."
Hilkevitch continues by saying "So there really is this universal
feeling that the government knows more than it's willing to tell. "After
the actual on-air interview is conducted both men continue to chat
about the reaction to the event until the screen goes dark and only the
audio is heard.
The video finally ends with an unknown person off camera
saying "It would've landed but uh..." at which point the camera then