"I don’t know what it was. It wasn’t an airplane but it was, the path was going in the opposite direction,” the pilot says in audio of the exchange released by The Drive. Air traffic control then asked the pilot of a nearby American Airlines jet traveling from San Francisco to Dallas to let them know if he spotted anything flying above them. Lo and behold, shortly thereafter the American pilot saw whatever it was.
“Something just passed over us, like a, don’t know what it was, but it was at least two, three thousand feet above us,” he said. And while he couldn't make out quite what it was, either, he described it as having a "big reflection."
So what the hell was it?
The short answer is: no one knows. Initial speculation was that it might have been one of Google's Wi-Fi balloons, though the pilots found that doubtful. The FAA also has no comment beyond what is captured in the audio recording of the pilots and air traffic controllers, per a report by an Albuquerque, New Mexico NBC affiliate.