Mysterious Triangular UFO Encounter in Maryland Sky Raises Aviation Safety Questions

    In a perplexing incident that has intrigued both aviation experts and UFO enthusiasts, a private pilot encountered what he described as a 30-foot-tall triangular UFO in the skies above Frederick County, Maryland. The incident, which took place on December 20, 2023, came to light through newly released audio recordings.

    The pilot, operating a Piper Cherokee Arrow (P28R) with the registration N30024, was en route from Allegheny County Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. About 50 miles northwest of Frederick, the pilot reported seeing the mysterious object at an altitude between 6,500 and 6,800 feet.

    The conversation between the pilot and air traffic controllers (ATC), shared on the YouTube channel You Can See ATC, reveals the pilot’s difficulty in describing the unusual object. “It was tall and, uh, pointy… in the shape of a triangle,” he said. Intriguingly, the pilot claimed to have photographed the object, though he felt there was no immediate danger to his aircraft.

    Following this report, the ATC operator advised the pilot to contact his supervisor after landing, citing aviation safety concerns raised by the sighting.

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been contacted for comments on this incident. As of now, the identity of the pilot and the alleged photograph of the UFO remain undisclosed.

    This sighting adds to the growing number of reports involving triangular UFOs, a phenomenon that the Department of Defense now refers to as unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP). Notably, similar sightings date back to a series of events over Belgium in 1989 and 1990, and a 2000 incident in Illinois involving multiple law enforcement officers.

    This development coincides with a classified briefing on UAP to the House Oversight Committee conducted by Thomas Monheim, the current Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG). It also follows a complaint to the IC IG by whistleblower David Grusch regarding secret U.S. government programs related to non-human origin craft recovery.

    The Department of Defense’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), established in 2022, is tasked with evaluating UAP incidents. Despite criticisms over its operational pace, AARO is expected to release a two-part historical review shortly.

    The incident over Maryland has reignited discussions on the nature of UAPs and their implications for aviation safety. The Debrief continues to seek additional information on this mysterious encounter.

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