By Tim Binnall
Another odd incident of a pilot reporting a UFO to air traffic control occurred this past weekend near Las Vegas and featured a pair of peculiar details. The encounter reportedly took place on the evening of March 16th as a medical helicopter was flying approximately 15 miles west of the city. During the flight, the pilot apparently noticed something unusual sharing the sky with him and alerted ATC to the puzzling interloper.
According to the pilot, he spotted "some sort of object" at an altitude of 7,000 feet in the general vicinity of a hospital in the Vegas metro area. As to what it might have been, the witness mused that "it could be a balloon or something along those lines" and noted that it was unlit. In response, the controller informs him that he does not see anything on his radar in that location, but concedes that this does not necessarily indicate that there is no object there.
Things then get a bit weird as the pilot goes on to explain that he is wearing night vision goggles and can only see the object by way of the specially designed gear. The controller then offers a rather remarkable reply, marveling, "oooh, that's awesome!" Strangely enough, the exchange ends there without any resolution as to the nature of the object.
An attempt to dig deeper into the event by the website The Drive yielded a few answers, such as that the object was around nine miles away from the helicopter, but they expressed some bewilderment at the way in which the report unfolded, since seeing a balloon that far away using night vision goggles "seems really questionable." And, unfortunately, the company that owns the helicopter and employees the pilot refused to answer any questions about the case. What do you think the pilot may have observed? Let us know at the Coast to Coast AM Facebook page.