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Control tower at Calgary Springbank Airport. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian pilot reports UFO near ground level

A Canadian business jet pilot approaching Springbank Airport just west of Calgary reported watching a cigar-shaped UFO flying low to the ground, according to testimony in Case 62198 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The pilot was approaching the airport about mid morning on December 17, 2014, when the object was first noticed.

“Approaching from the north, I was approximately 10 miles north of Cochrane flying parallel to and a couple miles west of Highway 22 and descending through 8,500-feet above sea level or about 4,500 -feet above the ground,” the witness stated. “It was a bright, sunny morning and I was just looking at the scenery when I spotted a black object along the highway, maybe two miles ahead of me that was moving fast northbound, towards me.”

The pilot first thought the object was a fast car and decided to time it to see how fast it was moving.

“After looking at it for a few seconds, I thought I would time it along the section lines on the ground and calculate a speed of this very fast car. Within a few seconds I realized that what I thought was going to be a Corvette, in fact, was a flat black colored, tubular object that was flying low level over the highway. It was cigar-shaped and not flying with the end of the cigar pointing forward but perpendicular with the long edge in the direction of flight.”

The pilot was actually getting closer to the object.

“As I was flying south at some 230 knots and the object was coming towards me, the whole encounter happened fast, but fortunately I was getting closer and could get a better look at the craft.”

The pilot got a good look at the object.

“As I came above the object, it was wider than the road and difficult to estimate the height, but probably within a couple hundred feet of the ground.”

The pilot was approaching Calgary and was approximately 10 miles north of Cochrane flying parallel to and a couple miles west of Highway 22 when the cigar-shaped object was seen under 200 feet off of the ground. (Credit: Google)

The pilot was approaching Calgary and was approximately 10 miles north of Cochrane flying parallel to and a couple miles west of Highway 22 when the cigar-shaped object was seen under 200 feet off of the ground. (Credit: Google)

The pilot was then surprised to see the object disappear.

“Then maybe stranger than actually seeing this object, as it was nearest my position directly off my left wingtip, it vanished within one-half a second. It quickly turned translucent where I could see a blurred image of the field and road through it while it had a darker edge along the outline of the craft. The object very quickly appeared clearer and within a fraction of a second it disappeared from view.”

The pilot scanned the ground area trying to locate the object again.

“I had no idea what I had seen and scanned the area around the track the object was flying, thinking maybe it was the top of a wing of a pipeline patrol aircraft that I had seen, and that maybe the aircraft banked and I lost sight of it. Scanning the area it never reappeared.”

The pilot then used instrumentation to locate other aircraft in his area.

“I looked at the TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system) display in the cockpit that shows all the aircraft that are being interrogated by ATC radar in the area. And although there were many other aircraft to the south and west, there was nothing on the display near me.”

The pilot attempted to judge the size of the object.

“Looking back towards where I last saw the object, I noticed cars on the road heading south and this helped judge the size and speed of the object compared to a ‘known ground based object.’ The cars were both much smaller and slower than the object and were within a mile of it when it disappeared. The drivers may have seen the same phenomena. I estimate the object as between 50 -80 feet in length and 15-20 feet wide.”

The pilot was just a few miles west of Route 22, pictured, north of Cochrane when the object was spotted moving close to ground level. (Credit: Google)

The pilot was just a few miles west of Route 22, pictured, north of Cochrane when the object was spotted moving close to ground level. (Credit: Google)

The pilot also tried to estimate the object’s speed.

“It moved on a steady track and at a constant speed. I mentally timed it at crossing a half-mile in under 12 seconds or around 160 mph, a speed not particularly fast for a small airplane, but faster than what patrol aircraft use when flying low level.”

He described the object.

“There were no discernible markings, windows, lights, or other features. Just a flat black, rectangular cigar-shaped object. The entire encounter was at the most 30 seconds long as the closing speed on the object was in the neighborhood of 400 mph.”

There were no other witnesses aboard the pilot’s aircraft.

“There were several passengers on the aircraft, but they were concentrating on a conversation in the aircraft. I doubt anyone saw the object and I didn’t ask as I enjoy my job. Likewise, as the object never showed on my TCAS, there wasn’t much point in asking ATC if they noticed anything. Besides it had disappeared at that point.”

The pilot compared the sighting to other experiences.

“On a side note, as a pilot with 30 years of experience, I have seen sights and objects which I could always dismiss as meteors, cloud formations, atmospheric phenomena such as inversions, other aircraft, satellites, etc. Even if this object had kept its track, I may have been passed off as some type of UAV, however, as I witnessed from a relatively close range the disappearance of the object, I have no doubt it was something that is either cutting edge top secret military tech or something that I have no explanation of.”

Calgary/Springbank Airport or Springbank Airport, is an airport located in Springbank, Alberta, a large western suburb of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The airport is located within rural Rocky View County.

Please remember that most UFO sighting can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

About Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.


  1. The fade out reinforces Jacques Vallee’s theory that UFOs are inter dimensional.
    No man-made aircraft would have been flying against traffic at an airport.

  2. If we pass a comment about existance of life beyond our plannet is only speculation. Our experience is only moving around solar system.Beyond doubt there is existance of life beyoud the earth.They are ruling universe. They come to earth also.It appear sometime as there some similar alignment happen with us. Their technology is far ahead of ours. They come by crossing uncountable distance. It may happen by using time,distance,speed and energy as variants.Our technology is based on mass and slightly we are also swetching.

  3. The fade-out is most likely stealth technology. The US are already experimenting with invisibility techniques. Aliens probably mastered it eons ago.

  4. Cigar shape means, they are our people long ago…some say, the Lord Rama people…must have a main base here…someday, we shall see them. Why they went and what happened…that is a long story, only they can tell us…If you want to know more…see Avengers the movie…

  5. Either the craft moved faster than the eye could follow which would make it seem to disappear or the craft shifted into the UV spectrum which the human eye can not see in. Either way very nice encounter!!

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