An "extremely dangerous" UFO outran police helicopters at more than 100mph after suddenly appearing in sensitive US airspace, bombshell documents say.
The FBI said the object was chased by customs and border officials after darting above fuel tanks west of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Arizona, reports The Drive.
They lost it at around 14,000ft after it flew into controlled airspace around the military field and the Tucson International Airport – topping 100mph despite being in headwind.
Official reports said it had a single green light underneath it, and it "was difficult for the police spotter to observe through night vision goggles", said the website.
The FBI said "no one was injured and no other similar incidents have been reported involving this specific drone.
"While the drone(s) did not come into direct contact with an airplane or cause a pilot to make an evasive maneuver, the actions are illegal and extremely dangerous."
FBI agents reported it as being "highly modified," and making “erratic maneuvers" – the agency is still seeking information over the sighting near Tucson on February 9, 2021.
The spokesman said that at 10.30pm that night, a US Customs and Border Protection chopper crew told the Tucson Police Department a drone was flying dangerously close to their helicopter.
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"Over the next few hours, multiple law enforcement agencies worked to locate the drone’s operator but were unsuccessful.
"The drone appeared to launch from an area about five miles south of Tucson and flew across Tucson and north over Marana," the FBI added.
The FBI told KOLD News that while it was unclear whether it was a quadcopter or hexcopter configuration it was close to a fuel terminal operated by energy company Kinder Morgan and just west of Davis-Monthan AFB.
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The official report published by The Drive added that it “maneuvered all over the city” while flying above 10,000 feet and flew “in a manner to hamper [the crew’s] ability to track it visually".
The cops also noted it “appeared to move in an erratic pattern as if the signal with its home station was getting weaker”.
Tucson Police Department's helicopter pilot wrote that the crew “had hoped the unmanned aircraft systems (uas) would exhaust its battery reserves and be forced to land,” but “unfortunately, this was not the case".
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The uas was "very sophisticated/specialized and able to perform like no other uas” as it escaped them by traveling at speeds “well in excess of 100mph", the pilot believed, adding that it was “obvious the controller had clear sight of both the helicopters tracking it by the way it would orbit us and abruptly fly behind us and attempt to avoid our visual contact".
The pilot's report added: “It is unknown what the intentions of the sophisticated uas were during its time near the Air Force Base, or how far away its origination/destination spot was.
“It was quite clear though that this was not like any other uas that we have experienced.”
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