The incident, which occurred on January 29, 2023, has raised questions about the flight ATR 42-500 charter crew’s view of the sky. According to their report, they saw two lights in the sky as they flew over Yellowknife. The incident occurred at around 11:15 pm.
In the audio recording, the crew can be heard telling the Yellowknife air traffic control tower that they were observing two lights “dancing around” in the sky. As they approached the airport, the lights appeared to shift from the east to the northwest of the city. However, the air traffic controller on the ground reported seeing nothing on radar and had no sign of any other objects in the sky.
The incident was reported using the CIRVIS protocols (Communication Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings), which are used by pilots to report sightings of unidentified flying objects or hostile aircraft. According to the incident report, the crew members did not explain why they saw the lights.
The incident took place around the same time a Chinese spy balloon was reportedly drifting across Canada, but it is unclear if the two events are related. The Canadian North incident was tagged in the CADORS database with the labels “weather balloon, meteor, rocket, Cirvus/UFO.” An Air Canada flight over British Columbia filed a similar report just two days later, describing a large balloon with something hanging from it.
Although there is no clear explanation for what the Canadian North crew saw, the report and audio recording have added fuel to the ongoing debate about UFO sightings and their authenticity. Whether it was a weather balloon, meteor, rocket, or UFO, the incident has sparked curiosity and interest among the general public.
Full transcript between Canadian North flight 5071 and Yellowknife air traffic control is available in the video below!