January 14, 2016, ham radio operator Pat Daniels intercepted a radio transmission from American Airlines flight 434 reporting an encounter with a strange flying object near Nephi, Utah. The pilot described the object as a bright-glowing orange square nearly a mile wide. As soon as Erica Lukes got wind of this transmission, MUFON was on the case submitting FOIA requests to the FAA for all radar reports and audio recordings related to this event. The materials that they received confirmed the radio operator’s story and raised more questions about what really happened that day as discussed in this interview with George Noory.
When she picked up her first book on UFOs at the age of 6, Erica Lukes became interested in the subject. She joined MUFON after several unexplained sightings in the Salt Lake valley and believes, with the NSA and Dugway proving ground in her backyard, there is lot of unexplained phenomenon that must be documented and shared with the world. As State Director of Utah, her goal is to put Utah back on the MUFON radar.