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UFO photographed with cell phone by airline passenger

A commercial airline passenger on a flight from Toronto to Edmonton spotted a strange bright object appearing to be at the same altitude. He took pictures with a Galaxy S8+ cell phone before the object flew off to the east.

Cropped witness photo. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness submitted the UFO report to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) on October 24, 2017, and says the sighting took place on October 19 at around 4pm. The witness says the path of the flight took the aircraft over the U.S. border and he estimates they were over Minnesota when he spotted the object.

Cropped witness photo. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness report reads, verbatim:

I was flying West from Toronto to Edmonton on Oct 19, 2017. We took off from Toronto around 3pm and had been flying for about an hour when I looked out the window and saw this object shining in the distance. 

I took a bunch of pictures with my S8+ a few I zoomed in also. The object then disappeared to the east and that was it. No trails behind it, just gone. 

I checked our flight path and it took us down to the US Canada border so this object would have been over US airspace at 40,000 ft or so. Location Minnesota is an educated estimate of location.

The photos do show a white elongated object in the distance. It is a bit whiter and brighter than the clouds and could be a small cloud or a small bit of contrail from another aircraft. The witness stated that the object was “shining,” indicating it might be a metallic object, and if the object did fly off, that would negate the cloud theory.

Cropped closeup of witness photo. (Credit: MUFON)

There are five pictures that can be downloaded here: picture 1, picture 2, picture 3, picture 4, picture 5.

The vast majority of UFO sightings turn out to be mundane objects, but once in awhile there are sightings that are much more difficult to explain. MUFON conducts investigations on sightings submitted to their website, and if they share their conclusions, we will let you all know. Meanwhile, others will likely chime in and we will try to keep you up to date with any discoveries. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this sighting in the comments below.


Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. Hi Alejandro, at first glance, it does look intriguing but tragically too blurry to make any firm conclusions….

    Thanks you keeping Openminds THE go-to site for UAP related news and events.

  2. Josh Gates special on UFO’s was okay …thanx to James Fox for being on the follow up show and Gates own photog for keeping it on point …
    These 5 pics….interesting…

  3. There is a documentary on Netflix that everyone should watch if you haven’t already. It’s called UNACKNOWLEDGED. Pass it around.

  4. Personally, I would not recommend Unacknowledged. Very sloppy with a lot of wrong and misleading information.

  5. I live in rural eastern/southern Alberta and I was driving yesterday and I saw two glowing white disk like objects in the sky. At first one and it looked like a star but it was broad day light. It was around 1pm and clear skies no clouds. I stopped the car because I was like how the hell is there a star in the sky right now. Then I saw that it was moving. All of a sudden a second one appeared. They were close together for a bit and then the first one vanished before my eyes. The second one started moving towards me to the left and passed bye left. I was still in the car with the engine off. That’s when I saw that it was disk like. It continued to move across the sky at a slower speed than an airplane. There was no engine sound and no gas trail. It went all the way to the other end of the sky behind me then disappeared near some clouds far into the distance back there. It was really scary because I have no idea what it was. It was definitely an uninfentified flying object. I got one picture at the beginning it looks like a star. As it flew by me I was honestly terrified and didn’t want to do anything to piss it off because I was in the middle of no where alone. I was too afraid to take pictures but I know what I saw…

  6. I submitted this report to Mufon in 2017, those are my pics, I also have an enhanced image from Mufon that does show there is something cylindrical and reflective there. If you’d like to reach out, I can share this and it could be added to the photos. I still have all the original files as well if anyone want to check them out.

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