“One of the biologists … spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings told CNN affiliate KSL. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there — we’ve got to go look at it!’”
The team landed near the monolith and went to investigate, with one member joking that if something were to happen to any of them, the other should make a run for it. The metal rectangle, which stood between 10 and 12 feet (3 to 3.6 m) tall, failed to do anything special and appeared to consist of metal sheeting held together by screws. Whoever put it there didn’t just drop it, they went to the effort of cutting the cut rock base and placing the monolith there.