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VIDEO: UFO Caught Zippin’ Over Atlantic City, New Jersey

Both the behavior and reported altitude of the object likely prompted the report.

This video was shot back in 2018 but is just now seeing the light of day.

It was captured by a passenger on an airplane flying over Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 16, 2018. The video was finally released because of an FOIA request from the website The Drive, which ended up offering up a lot of information released by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Drive reported the following about the incident:

“An account of the incident was originally filed via the FAA’s Mandatory Occurrence Report (MOR) process. By FAA regulations, MORs must be generated whenever a pilot reports unauthorized or otherwise unsafe unmanned aerial system (UAS) activity. Both the behavior and reported altitude of the object likely prompted the report. The FAA requires drone operators to fly below 400 feet and to not interfere with manned aircraft operations.

This particular MOR caught our attention because it described dynamic maneuvering on the part of the UAS, as well as an unusual description of a large camera hanging from the object along with a large v-shaped antenna or structure on top. You can read the original summary below. We have redacted the pilot’s personal information as a courtesy.”

In addition to a written report filed by the pilot is a pretty interesting recording of an interview he had with an FAA air traffic controller not too long after the sighting.

During the interview, he provided some wonky details about the encounter.

The controller asks the pilot the question, “You’re kind of rattled, aren’t you?” The pilot explains that he is mostly curious, especially given the unusual speed and behavior of the object. Oddly, the controller says “you’re not the first, just so you know.”

FAA records show a number of other sightings in this area, including the one The Drive shared below that popped up just a few months before. It talks about a “fast-moving drone was operating at a relatively high altitude of 8,000 feet.”

RELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: ATLANTIC CITY, NJ/UAS INCIDENT/1652E/ATLANTIC CITY ATCT ADVISED J328, REPORTED A SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE ORANGE UAS AT 8,500 FEET WHILE E BOUND DESCENDING THROUGH 8,500 FEET 30 W ATLANTIC CITY. NO EVASIVE ACTION REPORTED. LEO NOTIFICATION NOT REPORTED. UAS MOR Alert for ACY Number: ACY-M-2019/04/28. Type: Hazardous and/or Unauthorized UAS Activity Date/Time: Apr 28, 2019 – 2025Z  A/C: (J328). Summary: J328 INBOUND FROM WEST DESCENT TO 8000. REPORTED DRONE AT 8500 DESCENDING. AMOUNT OF ROTOR UNKNOWN. WENT BY TOO FAST.

It’s still unsure if the FAA ever tried to make an attempt at what the object was, but other wonky incidents have been reported within the same area.

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Matt Sterner

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