I think I know why a UFO was buzzing around Union County…

New Mexico has had its share of notorious UFO incidents over the years, beginning with the famous Roswell incident in 1947 in which an unidentified object crashed on a remote ranch northwest of the city. Air Force officials in Roswell first declared it was an extraterrestrial object, but later recanted the story to say it was just a weather balloon.

Similar sightings have been recorded in New Mexico in Socorro and Aztec.

Last week an American Airlines pilot spotted a fast moving tube-shaped object whizzing by his San Diego-bound flight over northeastern New Mexico near Clayton.

“Do you have any targets up here,” the incredulous pilot asked air traffic control after the object flew by. “We just had something go right over the top of us. I hate to say this, but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast right over the top of us.”

He got no confirmation from air traffic control but the matter has been referred to various federal agencies for further investigation — of course they aren’t commenting. And as expected, it has lit up UFO conspiracy internet search sites.

Here’s my theory on the UFO sighting. On the same day that the UFO incident happened, Union County in northeastern New Mexico was declared as having the safest rating possible for COVID-19 spread in the state. It had earned the squeaky clean “turqoise” level for having fewer than eight COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents of the county. (Trust me, Union County has nowhere near 100,000 residents.) Yep, the little green men just wanted the safest place on the planet to avoid getting a nasty human infection.

I say welcome back, guys.

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