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May 17th, 2012
06:28 AM ET

Was it a bird? A drone? A mechanical plane? Aviation safety expert Steven Wallace on FAA investigating reports of near mid-air collision

There's a mysterious flying object in the skies above Colorado that almost caused a mid-air crash.

Earlier this week, a corporate jet pilot reported seeing a "large remote-controlled aircraft" near his plane while flying over Denver. Investigators say the object did not show up on radar, but radio transmissions between the cockpit and air traffic control captured the moment. The FAA is now investigating.

The question is: Was it an unmanned drone or a remote controlled aircraft?

Aviation safety expert and former FAA official Steven Wallace explains.


Filed under: Airline safety
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  1. sandra core

    I have been a long time viewer of CNN. I watch the morning news every day. I was a huge fan of Carol, Christine, and Ali. Now that Ali is substituting for Ashleigh Banfield, the news has returned to informatitive and interesting. What a difference. While I used to love Ashleigh as a hard hitting news reporter in the past, she is just silly and adding in her silly commentary. I was about to abandon CNN when Ali is back, I hope for good.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:45 am | Reply

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