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Kurt Russell has revealed he was the pilot who reported the “Phoenix Lights” UFO sighting two decades ago.
In a recent interview with the BBC, the 66-year-old “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star said he’d been flying his longtime partner Goldie Hawn‘s son Oliver Hudson to see his girlfriend when they both witnessed lights in a triangular formation seemingly passing over Phoenix on March 13, 1997. The lights were also witnessed by thousands of people between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. that night.
“I saw six lights over the airport in an absolute uniform, in a ‘v’ shape, and … I was just looking at them,” Russell said.
Prompted by Hudson, he reported the lights to ground control, which said nothing was showing on radar.
“Well, okay, I’m going to declare it’s unidentified, it’s flying, and it’s six objects,” the actor responded.
Russell and Hudson didn’t mention the sighting again and forgot about it until two years later when the actor found Hawn watching a show about UFOs that featured the Phoenix Lights incident.
“I’d never thought about it since then,” the actor said as he realized, while watching the show, that he’d been the pilot who reported the sighting.
“The fascinating part to me is that it literally just went out of my head … had I not seen that show, I’d have never thought of it again,” he said.