Solved: MUFON Case 105762 - White Cigar "Following" Plane near Zion Nation Park (United 541)

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
Metabunk 2020-01-29 11-16-57.jpg

A pilot looking down and to the left from 40,000 feet saw this white cigar-shaped object seemingly following him, and took a video with his phone.
Lucklily the original file was uploaded to the MUFON database, and it had both a timestamp, and GPS location!
Code:
File Modification Date/Time     : 2020:01:29 08:00:51-08:00
GPS Coordinates                 : 37 deg 13' 2.64" N, 113 deg 3' 31.68" W
With this it was a relatively simple matter to find both the plane, and the white object, which of course turned out to be another plane.

Metabunk 2020-03-27 13-48-38.jpg
So the photographer's plane was a private jet at 40,000 feet. The white object is United 541, a 737 at 25,800 feet, descending towards Las Vegas.
 
Last edited:

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
I'm completely ignorant about aviation, but, wouldn't the pilot photographer have been aware of, or able to inquire about, exactly what jet he was looking at?
ATC isn't really going to care about a plane that's 8 miles away, flying roughly parallel, and 15,000 feet lower. It's "no factor", as they say. He probably thought it was much closer, so if he asked, he would get told there was nothing there.
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
I put the camera roughtly in the private jet's position in Google Earth and imported the UAL541 flight track:

Metabunk 2020-01-29 12-54-06.jpg

The terrain matches the video:
Metabunk 2020-01-29 12-55-32.jpg
 

SR1419

Senior Member.
I am surprised this is even a thing. At first glance I thought it was a plane. You can see the tail in the first picture.
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
I am surprised this is even a thing. At first glance I thought it was a plane. You can see the tail in the first picture.
Yeah, me too. It was just fun because I got the GPS coordinates and time from the file, which apparently MUFON had overlooked.

It's also interesting that "a professional pilot" apparently thought it was a UFO.
 
Thread starter Related Articles Forum Replies Date
Mick West Solved: "Double Moon", Dubai, UAE. [Projection] UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 32
Christophe Isbert The Mississippi Triangle Mystery (status: solved or probably solved) Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 2
M Solved: MH17: is this part of a missile? [Concrete Grinding Pads] Flight MH17 13
Mick West Solved: Portsmouth UK, "Alien Flight Path" UFO Contrail [Private Jet + Perspective] Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 11
Mick West Solved: U-Shaped Contrail near San Francisco [NASA502 Survey, again] Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 2
Mick West Solved: "Alien" with "shadow" on the Moon [Debris in Camera] UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 59
MikeC Solved: Tube in MH 17 wreckage?? [9m111 anti-tank rocket from old Il-76 footage] Flight MH17 22
Ezswo [Solved] MH-17 was 9M-MRD, so Why are there photos of 9M-MRC? ['D' partially obscured] Flight MH17 204
Mick West Solved: Strange Beam of Light over Mayan Temple and Florida [Lightning + Rolling Shutter Artifact] Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 81
jarlrmai MUFON case 115206 - [OBJECT] CROSSED OVER I-10 FREEWAY LEAVING A SHADOW OF ITS SHAPE/SIZE Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 12
Mick West Red Winged UFO, Mufon case 91964 - Plane Lights Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 34
Mick West Searching and Linking to MUFON cases Skydentify - What is that Thing in the Sky? 0
Chew MUFON Case #56393 UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 4
Z.W. Wolf Was the New Guinea/Father Gill UFO Case a False Horizon? UFOs, Aliens, Monsters, and the Paranormal 9
David Esp Case Analysis: Data: (Representation, Bases, Sheets, Maps, Mining) and Methodologies/Workflows) Tools for Investigating and Debunking 4
Dan Wilson The Monsanto and Dewayne Johnson Court Case Health and Quackery 13
Tom Binney Does my FE Debunk in this case make sense to you guys? Practical Debunking 23
Veronica! Any resources for debunking a 'cold case' UFO sighting? Practical Debunking 7
Balance Met Office - Case Study Contrail-induced Cirrus Contrails and Chemtrails 0
Bruno D. Chocolate Diet hoax - interesting case about junk science General Discussion 4
Pete Tar Misrepresented Saudi rape case General Discussion 0
mynym The corporate media's representation of the Zimmerman case, debunked General Discussion 12
Jay Reynolds Debunked: Belfort Group "Case Orange" conclusions & recommendations Contrails and Chemtrails 568
SR1419 How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed- Health and Quackery 9
Mick West The Case for Preemptive Debunking Practical Debunking 13
Related Articles

























Related Articles

Top