From: Tracy Key <tdan422003.nul> Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 16:13:40 -0800 (PST) Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2007 09:15:14 -0500 Subject: Re: The '06 O'Hare UFO - Key This is an audio interview of John Hilkovich of the Chicago Tribune by Melissa Block of the National Public Radio (NPR) re: the Chicago O'Hare UFO. Click on the link and then click on the red "Listen" button right beneath the title of the report to hear audio interview. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6707250 I have also transcribed the interview as I have run accross some people who do not have a media player that supports the file. The interview, as transcribed by me: ----- Melissa Block: In the Chicago Tribune today, this tantalizing headline "A Bird, A Plane, a UFO?", the report describes a number of workers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport who all say they saw more or less the same unexplainable thing on November 7th. A large disc shaped object hovering in the sky over an airport gate then shooting off into the clouds. Jon Hilkevtich wrote this story; he covers transportation for the tribune and joins us now. Thanks for being with us. Jon Hilkevich: You're welcome MB: Uh huh. And then they describe it very suddenly taking off? JH: That's one of the weird parts too. Uh, a very thick cloud layer that this craft was hovering below it, but then when it streaked away, it burst through the clouds, and unlike an airplane or a helicopter that would just slice through the clouds, this thing created this big donut hole, uh, vacuum, indicating tremendous energy force as it burst through the clouds and leaving this hole of clear sky that was there for several minutes till the drifting winds pushed the clouds back together. MB: Now when you were talking to these workers at O'Hare, were they saying, ya know, your going to think I'm crazy but this is what I saw? JH: Yeah, one of them, in fact, when he went to his manager in an email, the manager sent him an email back and said, hey looks like somebody got a hold of your email account and is pulling a hoax. Um, but, this is anything but. That's what impressed me about this. All aviation professional's, very credible sources and they are very serious. They are not saying what they saw was a, you know, a spaceship from another planet, but it was unidentified, it was in restricted airspace, and they were concerned from a safety standpoint. That if this was something man-made, they needed to get it out of there because they were having busy flight operations in the early evening hours. MB: You know, in the course of doing your reporting on this story, you were working along with, in some ways, the UFO Reporting Center. Did that strike you as odd in some way? JH: Yeah, I mean, they kept wanting me to say this was a visit from some other world and further proof that, uh, we, on this planet are visited regularly by other beings and, uh, you know, to me, I am not qualified, I wasn't a witness. What was interesting to me was that United Airlines, after receiving numerous reports, including from high-level management officials, decided to deny that they got any such reports! I don't know if they were, felt, embarrassment, or maybe people would think United Airline employees are kooks or something by reporting this. But it's very odd. The FAA, at first too, said they didn't know what I was talking about when I went to them, they had no reports of this. It wasn't until I put a Freedom of Information Request in and they got back to me saying well, were going through the communication tapes from O'Hare tower and by golly, there is a lot of chatter here about this UFO. So I am waiting for the full communication tapes on the FOIA requests, as well as radar data and we'll see if there is some follow up. MB: Okay. We'll wait to see what happens. Jon Hilkevich. Thank you very much. JH: You're welcome. ----- I should also mention that I had sent Peter Davenport this same link and then my transcription of the interview (he couldn't open up the audio file). He was dismayed at the protrayal of NUFORC by Jon Hilkovich and says he requested no such thing. He has called and left a message for Jon to discuss. Just wanted to clear that up before anyone thought Peter has lost his good sense.
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