Friday, January 18, 2019

Alfonso Salazar: Close Encounters Between Guatemalan Pilots and UFOs

Alfonso Salazar: Close Encounters Between Guatemalan Pilots and UFOs
Category: Otros Mundos (Other Worlds) Originally Published 06 Sep 2011 – 6175

Civil aviation Colonel A.C., with Captain Carlos S. as his co-pilot, faced an unusual experience on February 14, 1967. It was possibly one of the first in UFO history in which an airliner crew and its commercial vehicle faced the mid-air collision.

Everything was normal that morning during the takeoff of an AVIATECA DC-4. The scheduled route was from the La Aurora International Airport in the Guatemalan capital to Benito Juarez airport in Mexico City.

Conditions were relatively good, as is customary for that time of year in the tropics. The propeller-driven aircraft was halfway through its itinerary and flying over the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Suddenly, Colonel A.C. saw a black, glass-shaped object right in front of his airliner’s bow. His co-pilot became nervous, even frightened. As the fine professional aviator he was, the colonel made a sudden turn and executed “raindrop maneuver”, in his words, to make sure what was actually there.

“We pilots are quite used to see things flying, even pieces of paper, at elevations of thousands of feet, but this was nothing known,” he said in an interview with Tele Sistema Mexicano, Chanel 2.

Colonel A.C. only held two interviews regarding his experience. One of them for Mexican television with Lic. Pedro Ferriz and another with Guatemalan broadcaster Cesar Romero of Channel 3. His interview in Mexico, matter of fact, was nearly two hours long.

In a private conversation with this author he said he would no longer speak publicly of the matter.

Encounters with the unknown involved another two Guatemalan pilots on a different route. Aviation pilots Oscar Ruiz M. and Julio A. Peña were heading toward Miami, Florida, over the Atlantic Ocean at 12,000 feet. Conditions were clear and with only a few clouds. Suddenly, at the two o’clock position (in the language employed by aviators to locate a direction according to an imaginary clock) they were able to see what looked like a sort of silver dirigible. “It was immense and clearly reflected the light of the sun,” said one of them. “We never lost sight of it. It was always there, apparently at our same speed. It vanished amid the clouds. It must have been the size of three or four commercial airliners together. It appeared to be piloted at tremendous speed.”

Col. Antonio B., Director of Civil Aeronautics in several instances, confessed having received countless reports from pilots in Guatemala who encountered the unknown. He himself had witnessed a glowing orange light that split in two – horizontally – over the department of El Petén in the northern reaches of the republic. “It was as if two vessels had taken off in different directions in the clear night through which they sailed.” He likewise told me how during his training period at a U.S. air base, firing at a given star during a training mission, one of these selected targets suddenly moved away at prodigious speed.”

The most recent encounter between airliners and UFOs in Guatemala is the case known as “Flight 510”, of which we have a tape recording of the exchange between a 767 pilot and the control tower at the La Aurora International Airport. The recording reflects the drama involving a crew that faced an unidentified flying object in front of its craft for 110 miles. But we will leave this case for a future article.

[Translation © S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Alfonso Salazar]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Argentina: Necochea Photographer Captures Strange Object Over Park

Source: PLANETA UFO and
Date: 01.15.2019

Argentina: Necochea Photographer Captures Strange Object Over Park

A strange flying object was photographed this afternoon near Villa Zabala by an amateur photographer bent on capturing images of an approaching storm.

The object flew past silently and at high pseed from Northwest to Southeast over Villa Zabala, crossing Avenida 10 toward the sea.

Juan Ignacio, 34, was returning from work on his bicycle when he paused for a few moments to photograph the incoming clouds. Upon reaching home and looking at the photographs, he found two images of the object flying over Avenida 10 and heading toward the sea. These images were taken shortly before sundown.

"At the time I heard nothing and saw nothing. It was only when I went home and downloaded the photos that I came across that shadow. I've no idea what it is," said the local, noting that the photos were taken near the crossing of Calle 155 and Avenida 10.

Both photos were taken in an instant, almost simultaneously, showing the prodigious speed at which the photographed shadow was traveling.

"Now I would like to have the photos analyzed to determine what it is: although it looks like a helicopter, I didn't hear a single sound...and no bird can fly so quickly," he added.

The gap between the two pictures was scarcely a few seconds, given that he took one photo, progressed a few meters, and then took the second.

First Photo:

Second Photo:

Enlargement of the object:

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Argentina: UFO Sighting in the Mountains of Mendoza

Source: Orbita Cero (Mendoza, Argentina)
Date: 01.05.2019
An Article by Luis Emilio Annino

Argentina: UFO Sighting in the Mountains of Mendoza

On January 5, 2019, we became aware of an unidentified flying object (UFO) sighting in the locality of Punta de Vacas (Department of Las Heras) in the high mountain area of Mendoza, thanks to Ing. Ariel Godoy, memeber of the Café Ufologico de Mendoza and a collaborating member of CEFORA (Comisión para el Estudio del Fenómeno OVNI de la República Argentina).

The main witness in this case is Leonardo Escudero, 43, a traffic control employee in Punta de Vacas, who mans the weight and size scales for trucks that are heading to and returning from the neighboring Republic of Chile.

He told us that his colleague, Luciana Ibaceta, 27, was on the road arranging the entry of trucks while he remained within the scale office doing his job. Around 10:50, Ibaceta called him on the two-way radio to ask him if he could believe she was seeing a UFO. He stepped out of the office, saw it, and immediately entered the office once more to reach for his cellphone and use the Flightradar24 app to ascertain that no flights were in the vicinity, as this is a corridor customarily employed by commercial airlines, located over Highway No. 7. No known flight was recorded.

Ibaceta's sighting lasted some 30 seconds while Escudero was able to see it for some 15 seconds until it vanished behind the mountains. Escudero ran across the trucking yard in an effort to follow the trajectory of the object with negative results. The object did not move in a straight line, but rather an ellipse, and its shape was that of half a cigarette, white in color. It was clearly visible to both Ibaceta and Escudero, as they both wore anti-glare sunglasses. Escudero noted that when aircraft fly over the area, their tails, wings and colors are clearly visible, but this cylindrical object was completely white. He couldn't estimate its altitude, although believes it to have been considerable, and its approximate size would have been - as a minimum - some 20 meters (65 ft) long by 5 to 8 meters (16-26 ft) tall.

The sky was completely clear and cloudless, Escudero added. This allowed them to see the object in detail. No turbine or motor sounds could be heard, nor gas or smoke emissions.

Furthermore, Escudero added this was not the first time something similar had happened to them. Both experienced a similar occurence last summer. He recalled that Mendoza's Diario UNO hard reported that two similar objects had been photographed in Viña del Mar (Chile) the day after that sighting.

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Emilio Annino, Orbita Cero]


Argentina: UFO Photographed in Buenos Aires Province

Date: 01.05.2019

Argentina: UFO Photographed in Buenos Aires Province

Guillermo Giménez of Planeta UFO writes: "Nicolás Alarcón, the protagonist of this event, sent me these three (3) images of a strange object seen last Sunday at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. The location: Province of Buenos Aires, vicinity of Tres Algarrobos, a town of 3000 residents. The images were obtained with a J7 mobile phone. The witness says he was all alone in the middle of the countryside."

Monday, January 07, 2019

Argentina: Oil Workers Photograph UFO at Las Heras

Source: Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía (FAO) and El Mediador (
Date: 01.07.19

Argentina: Oil Workers Photograph UFO at Las Heras

The photo was taken on Sunday night using a cellphone. The object's shape and luminosity caught the attention of derrickmen on a clear night in the northern area of the province. The UFO was clearly captured in the shot as it flew near Tower 07, property of the Quintana Company in the vicinity of the Santa Cruz locality.

Whether it is to be believed or not, the image remains eloquent. The only contribution made by the oilfield workers after taking the photo was make note of the area where a saucer shaped unidentified flying object had passed near Tower o7 of the Quintana company near Las Heras.

A worker took the photo with his cellphone, and he did not hesitate to try to set down what his eyes were unable to decipher. It was a cool, slightly breezy night with a completely clear sky. The shape and luminosity of an object that approached the area quickly and then vanished skyward with the same speed did not escape his attention.

Upon examining the thumbnails, he could not believe what his cellphone had recorded.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, FAO/ICOU]

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Argentina: UFO Reportedly Appeared During Cerrillos Windstorm

Source: PLANETA UFO and El Tribuno
Date: 30 December 2018
Article by Daniel Diaz

Argentina: UFO Reportedly Appeared During Cerrillos Windstorm

Strong gusts of wind were recorded this afternoon in the community of Cerrillos. Some claim that a strange object was flying in a southeasterly direction just in front of the storm.

Reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in the skies over Salta had not circulated for some time, but only a few hours before the year was over, many citizens of Cerrillos witnessed a strange phenomenon as a storm brewed in the area - a weather event that ultimately did not occur.

At around 15:30 today, according to a report by Mabel, who lives at the entrance to the town, "one could see a funnel-shaped formation heading in a southeasterly direction. It widened and narrowed, like a tornado."

It was precisely at that moment, as wind gusts ripped laundry off the clotheslines in the community known as "la Capital del Carnaval", more than one tree branch was also torn along with the metal roofs of flimsy constructions, "it was possible to see a strange object - dark, metallic - right in front of the storm front, to the southeast."

What struck witnesses the most was that the object was self-propelled. It glided swiftly and with great agility in right angles. Mabel recalls running into her home to grab an iPhone 6 and record the phenomenon, but upon returning outside it was all over. All that remained were questions on what could have happened and the provenance of the strange "artifact" that crossed the skies of the Lerma Valley, vanishing along with the winds and the storm.

[Translation (c) 2019, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Monday, December 31, 2018

Argentina: Corroboration for the 1984 UFO Flotilla Sighting

Argentina: Corroboration for the 1984 UFO Flotilla Sighting


Swift Transit of UFO Flotilla Observed

The transit of a flotilla of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) over Capital Federal and Greater Buenos Aires was witnessed at 0250 hours yesterday by several people in various locations, despite the fact that the radar units at Ezeiza International Airport did not record any variation in their detection systems.

Journalist Gustavo Fernandez, who was at the Retiro Bus Station broadcasting alternatives to the long-distance transportation strike for Radio Splendid, noticed the strange formation, which consisted of eight flying objects flying over the skies of Buenos Aires from East to West, leaving a large luminous streak in its wake. The chronicler reported the phenomenon immediately, noting that "the UFOs are traveling at a speed greater than any aircraft flying over the area, whether about to land or take off from the Jorge Newberry Airfield."

Two witnesses informed Clarín that they had witnessed the UFOs from Parque Patricios, advising that these were "parallel and horizontal trails of yellow light - two of them in the lead, and the remaining six following a short distance away - and which lasted in the sky approximately half a minute before vanishing from sight.

In Córdoba

Sources at the Córdoba International Airport denied claims that their radar screens detected the passage of a UFO flotilla at around 0240 hours.

An Interpretation

Space experts estimated yesterday that a series of luminous phenomena seen during the early morning hours in the skies over Capital Federal and other cities could correspond to debris particles from the Westar VI satellite which was lost in space following a launch from the space shuttle Challenger. [The satellite] allegedly disintegrated.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Argentina: The First Live Broadcast of a UFO Fleet

Argentina: The First Live Broadcast of a UFO Fleet
By Gustavo Fernández, Al Filo de la Realidad
December 11, 2018
Translation by Scott Corrales, IHU

It is quite possible that many readers will consider this article to be merely anecdotal, and they could be entirely right. But if one (the author) believes that one has gained any right, it would be the one to right freely about a subject and when and why to do so, in the warm hope that the readers’ kindness will keep them from being peevish. This and the fact that the subject is unavoidably self-referential. It is a small literary gratification that I allow myself, perhaps without any further value than serving as a footnote in a third party work.

This is an anecdote I have mentioned on other occasions, but have never given it its own space. The reason for this, if one is required, is a certain degree of perfectionism: the event occurred so long ago that any documented proof I might have been able to adduce has been lost in many moves and changes that mark one’s life. This would cause readers to rely solely on my word, but if I am to be prolix and careful in stating the facts, there would be no trace whatsoever. I can only rely on the memory of any possible listener from those bygone years, and nothing more.

This is when our esteemed friend Marcelo Metayer (*), whom you will remember for his analytical contributions, such as the one cited here, entered the scene. An indefatigable researcher able to pursue a source unhurriedly and ceaselessly until the information is secured, Marcelo was willing to undertake the search for this information and it is thanks to his efforts that I can write more fully here, when I was the protagonist of the first – and to my knowledge, the only “live” radio broadcast of the passing of a UFO fleet over the City of Buenos Aires.

In late 1983, almost coinciding with the arrival of democracy in Argentina, I had gone to work for the old and renowned Radio Splendid broadcasting company in my hometown. I was there for a few years until late 1984 as the “on-the-spot” reporter for the Definitivamente Radio program, hosted by journalist Horacio Frega from Monday to Friday from midnight to 6:00 a.m. I continued to be responsible for live broadcasts and was also a columnist during that time slot. It’s interesting that the subject of UFOs led me there: Frega had summoned me to do a spot on the phenomenon, but as days past, offered to add me to his staff with more general journalistic duties. At the time I worked as a contributor for well-known “yellow journalism” magazines like Flash and Antena, aside from running the newsroom for a “house organ” of the music business.

In the early days of February 1984 (I had been the spot reporter for little over a month), Buenos Aires experienced a strike of long-distance transportation sector employees. It was mid-summer and the interruption of these services was positively chaotic. It was news”. So on Thursday, February 2nd, I took my crew and the mobile radio unit – a journalist named José María Dominguez and a technician whose name I honestly cannot recall. I won’t go into the hassles of that first evening beyond saying that tempers were frayed and there were physical encounters between passengers and employees – one in which we ourselves almost became embroiled.

On the next day – Friday – unabated chaos endured, but the atmosphere was more composed. It was barely past midnight when we found ourselves once again at the core of the events – the Retiro Bus Station – interviewing frustrated tourists, employees and union reps. We were fully engaged in this when it all happened at around 2:50 a.m. Saturday morning.

I left the microphone in the hands of the union representative, who kept talking, opened the rear door of the mobile unit and looked out and upward.

There they were.

There was a perfect “V” formation of eight lenticular objects – clearly biconvex – of a yellowish-green hue, with bright wakes, directly over my head, flying in a North-South direction, crossing the night sky at an average speed. I spun around and swiped the microphone out of the union rep’s hand (I can still remember his stunned expression), jumped out to the street taking care not to become entangled in the mess of wires on the ground, and began shouting out a description of what I was seeing.

It was an outburst, clearly. Dismissal would’ve been the unavoidable consequence, but I was transmitting – unbeknownst to me – the first live sighting of a mass UFO sighting, and what its consequences would be.

The UFO fleet continued traveling southward (even today the area is rather free of structures to allow the line of sight to extend to the horizon) and suddenly one of the objects, the one on the left wing, broke away from the formation and went off to the southeast. I pointed this out, remarking that it was “heading toward Montevideo” (Republic of Uruguay)

There was no Cable TV at the time, and obviously no Internet, and very few FM stations. So insomniacs, night workers and those who didn’t have to rise to go to work had only one option to amuse themselves, and that was to listen to the radio. Splendid was a powerful station, and in fact, had major listenership in Uruguay. My on-air warning caused many people not only in Buenos Aires, but some in Montevideo as well, to go out to their balconies, patios, terraces to witness the objects’ transit.

There were hundreds of people around us who had also been witnesses to this. When the phenomenon and the excitement had simmered down, we tried to compose ourselves and return to the interviewer with the union rep, who remained somewhat frightened and seated where I left him. But that “report” had been irredeemably deflated and we wrapped it up in a few minutes. We were then ordered back to the station.

Days later, Horacio told me people thought I had gone crazy (bear in mind – I had been taken on by radio due to my activities as a UFO researcher) and were going to fire me summarily. But in the time it took us to return to the station, the switchboard had been flooded by euphoric callers, saying they had witnessed the event, which gave me full credibility. No sooner did we arrive, I sat down with the microphone and spent the rest of the early morning hours describing the event over and over.
Given that it was Saturday morning – when newspapers were already rolling off the presses – the local press did not mention the event until Sunday the 5th. I remember that Clarin, La Razón, Crónica and others. La Nacion did too, but in step with its conservative and blue-nosed style, focused on the “astronautical” angle of the event.

Because there was one. Like I see today, there was more of an effort at “intoxication” than “concealment”.

As I said earlier, I mislaid the journalist quotes over the course of years and didn’t have the time – or gave priority – to tracking them down at some distinguished library. Being unable to present them, there was no sense in going into this details of this case, until Marcelo (Metayer) took the time to find two clippings – sufficient for the moment, I will look to securing others – and to reflect upon them. These reflections are obviously mine, not those of my colleague.

I wasn’t alone. All of those who were in Retiro with me agreed on the description: Eight objects in a “V” shape, yellow-green, with phosphorescent wakes, in a North-South direction. One broke away from the group in a N-SE direction. Constant speed and a clearly parallel trajectory (excepting the isolated object).

But La Nación
had an interesting tale to tell. It said that NASA, despite being required to do so, had not issued any press release. Contradicting the statements made by Clarín, where NASA “supposedly” reported that the objects were debris from the Westar VI satellite, transported by the space shuttle Challenger (yes, that Challenger) and which had “putatively” disintegrated.

La Nación
also mentions sightings in the far-off cities of Santa Fe and Córdoba which were unable to corroborate: an “enormous glow and halo” that had preceded the objects (had this been so, I would not have been able to see it from my initial location, but my colleague was apparently able to, without a word from the circumstantial witnesses). He writes about some “50 objects” although “his” witness – an anonymous writer for that newspaper and his wife – reduced the number to sixteen. This witness notes an “intelligent behavior” in the orderly travel in a group, four in the front as an “arrowhead” and two or three bringing up the rear, the finally another nine, and finally, at some distance, three more – bringing the count to almost 20.

He speaks of a reddish-golden hue with a whitish trail, citing a NW-SSE trajectory.

Clarin also “modified” the information. I use the word “modified” because my statements were changed in spite of being quoted. I had my “fifteen minutes of fame”, if I may say so, and it is all a memory. As I said, I never dwelt on the matter due to the lack of evidence, which I can now present.

¿So what did we see? I am convinced that these were literally unidentified flying objects. The skeptical explanations seem concocted and confusing, and I do not think this is accidental. The formation was precise and the “breakaway” mentioned precludes a group of meteoritic objects or space junk burning up in the atmosphere. As we know, in the case of meteorites in particular, there is a “radiating point” in the sky. If one projects these trajectories retroactively, they disperse form a common point. That was not the case here. Their long trajectory was flown parallel to one another. And that was all. The rest is history: the first live radio broadcast of a UFO fleet.

(*)Marcelo Metayer is a UFO researcher, photographer, and contributor to INEXPLICATA.