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Sometime in 1951, i was a passenger on an american airlines flight from st. louis to tulsa. about dusk while at cruising altitude, the pilot said for those of us on the right side of the plane look to the west at a very large vehicle flying with us. it was cigar shaped and had some steady lights along its side. it was not moving up or down, just was steady, going the same speed we were. the pilot said over the pa system that the object was noted on tulsa radar but was not responding to calls on all hailing frequencies. he asked that those of us who had seen the object to move into the aisle so the passengers in the left seats could see the object. during that time i could not see it. when i was able to return to my window seat, i observed the object no more than a minute before it peeled off to the west and disappeared in the distance. i would guess that it had been in visual contact with our airplane 7-8 minutes. there were about 30 passengers on the airplane. something happened to the airplane that we had to land in springfield, missouri. rather than go on to tulsa, i took the bus from springfield to fayetteville, arkansas where i was living at the time.I never saw or heard anything in the news about the encounter and i do not know if american airlines was advised officially about it. it was my second ufo encounter and my last one.