Monday, November 24, 2014

Brasil: UFO Follows a GOL Airliner Tuesday Afternoon Off Santa Catarina

Date: 11.24.2014
Source: Planeta UFO and Orbita Cero

UFO Follows a GOL Airliner Tuesday Afternoon Off Santa Catarina
By Julio Ottoboni

On the starboard side of the airliner, businessman Julio Belli of Sao Jose dos Campos, San Pablo, Brazil, photographed UFOs following the GOL airliner. Both photos were taken from the same position, with and without the effect (Photo: Julius Belli /Defesanet)

An unidentified flying object (UFO) tailed a passenger plane belonging to GOL Airlines during its regular service between Navegantes (Santa Catarina) to Guarulhos (Sao Paulo). The phenomenon was seen by a passenger, businessman Julio Belli, of Sao Jose dos Campos (SP) as he observed the skyscape. Equipped with his camera, he managed to take shots of the object, which emitted a bright light, even on a completely clear day. The event occurred early in the afternoon, around 13:00 hours on Tuesday, 18 November 2014.

The event started when he looked through the window and saw a light flying far too low, at sea level. Shortly after, the same object appeared to be slightly higher than the Boeing B737-700 and was on the horizon for a few minutes. The time elapsed between the sighting and the photographs was between two or three minutes at most.

On the port side of the airliner, businessman Julio Belli of Sao Jose dos Campos, San Pablo, Brazil, photographed UFOs following the GOL airliner. Both photos were taken from the same position, with and without the effect (Photo: Julius Belli /Defesanet)

“We took off at 12:40 hours and it was around 13:12 that I saw the object. I took the camera and managed to take a few photos. Since the plane was empty, I went to the other side and I also had the same bright object following us, so I took more photos. I was worried that it might be a reflection on the window or the camera lens, so I repeated the same shot several times and nothing resembling that luminous form appeared,” Belli said.

Aside from being very bright, they had a darker color on either end, orange in color. The object also changed colors several times during the time it was visible to the airliner’s passengers. The businessman approached the fight crew and told them what was going on.

“One of them said that they’d seen objects of this same kind in the Amazon Rainforest and over Manaus, where it occurs more frequently,” added Belli.
The aircraft’s altitude at the time was between 8,000 to 10,000 meters. Despite the phenomenon’s startling nature, Belli does not dismiss the possibility that it could have been a weather balloon. The only problem is the fact that there were *two* objects, one on either side of the airliner, following the craft and vanishing and reappearing on the horizon in very brief periods of time. Both objects vanished without a trace.

[Translation © 2014 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO, Luis Emilio Annino, Orbita Cero, and Julio Ottoboni]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cattle Mutilations: 40 Goats Were Slain by a Neighbor

[Our friends and colleagues Silvia and Andrea Pérez Simondini have been investigating a shocking mutilation event involving 40 goats in Argentina - a considerable number of deaths reminiscent of the bloody reign of the Chupacabras. No paranormal predator, however, took the lives of these hapless farm animals, as the following report goes to show -- SC]

Cattle Mutilations: 40 Goats Were Slain by a Neighbor
By Andrea Pérez Simondini - VISION OVNI (with thanks to the COPENOA news agency)

A local resident known as "Pachalín" killed the goats with his dogs and machete to settle old scores.

The importance of bringing a case to a close consists in finding the truth, as we often say, however distant it may be from our field of study.

On this occasion, a culprit was found in news about the deaths of 40 goats on the property of Azucena Jaime in the town of Coronel Cornejo, Salta Province. A story that gripped the national media and our own attention.

It was none other than a neighbor of the affected farm, a man known by the nickname "Pachalín", whose background included animal thefts (pigs and goats) and who swore revenge upon Mrs. Jaime during the course of an argument.

The news story indicates that 24 goats were found dead or dying on Saturday, November 1, 2014, and no explanation could be found for the deaths.

The neighbor in question reported to the scene, saying that he was not responsible, and rejecting any suggestion that his dogs may have been responsible. Since the animals' owners refused to believe him, the neighbor swore revenge. The upshot: two days later, more dead or dying goats were found.

Azucena remarked that "Pachalín"'s dogs are trained to attack prey by throat, leaving her farm with only one old nanny goat and three kids.

The story came to light through the COPENEA news agency and its director, Marco Díaz Muñoz, having secured a statement from the Villalba family, one in which the problems with the neighbor are brought to light.

The animals were attacked by his trained dogs and hacked with a machete. "There are three little animals with broken forelegs and hind legs and a single large Billy goat whose forehead was split by a blade."

The COPENEA agency recorded a video showing the information brought to light in the case, through reporter Rafael Bruno.

It should be noted, however that the cases in [the town] of General Guemes remain a mystery. Fifteen dead goats were found there, belonging to the shelter school, at a wilderness known as "Palomitas". No feline prints were found at the site. Animals were discovered with injured necks. Some locals believe that the attackers were aggressive dogs, but no one saw canid packs in the area. What was also striking, according to Juana, who was in charge of feeding and caring for the animals, is that the assailant did not hurt ducks, chickens, hogs and suckling pigs - only goats.

Unlike cases in the North [of Argentina], one of the goats was found with incisions to the jawbone, similar to those found on mutilated cows.

The Palomita School houses some 30 students from the entire rural area, located 29 kilometers from General Guemes and 2 km. from National Route 34. We shall see what else emerges from this case and others that may arise. The fact, however, is that the situation was finally explained. At least in the North.

[Translation (c)2014 S. Corrales (IHU) with thanks to Guillermo Giménez]

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Mexico: Alleged "UFO" Marks Found in Croplands to the South of Parral

Source: El Heraldo de Chihuahua
Date: 8 November 2014

Mexico: Alleged "UFO" Marks Found in Croplands to the South of Parral
Erick Moreno - El Heraldo de Chihuahua

VILLA OCAMPO, Durango - The owner of the "Don Isaac" ranch was startled last Thursday when he reached his property only to find that strange imprints had been found in a sorghum field - an area measuring 2,500 square meters (26,000 sq.ft.). Locals have attributed such events to extraterrestrial activity.

A UFO phenomenon occurred in a ranch of this locality, flattening the sorghum crop and forming circles and triangles in other sections.

An abnormal phenomenon took place at Rancho Don Isaac, 7 kilometers distant from the community of Villa Ocampo. Two sections of the sorghum crop were flattened by an unidentified flying object, leaving circular and triangular within the flattened cropland. [Note: this is speculation on the part of the author, as no object was witnessed - SC]

This change was inflicted upon a quarter of a hectare (0.68 acres). How this was done remains a mystery, as neither the owner nor his wife can come up with an explanation. Both of them witnessed the field's condition on Thursday, November 6.

[The plants] were neither cut nor broken, but simply bent - an impossibility for an animal or an atypical wind current. The sorghum plants that remained standing on the rims of the circle stood approximately 1.60 meters and showed no appreciable changes that could suggest the nature of the event, according to the rancher.

It was shown the sorghum could not be easily bent, as Victor Rodríguez, the owner, took a sizeable amount [of sorghum] in both arms and tried to bend
it and flatten it to the ground. When he let go of it, it returned to its upright position, unlike the others. Thus, human strength cannot be said to have been involved in this case.

Around 12 to 16 bundles of grass - in their original position - could be seen within the affected area, which displayed circular and triangular shapes that would be difficult to create with heavy machinery.

Another section - similarly flattened - could be seen no more than 10 meters away. This could be the object's possible second landing site, judging by the condition of the stalks, as a specific section showed how the croplands were parted to form a sort of exit path.

There were circular traces at the location of the bundles, as if they had been dragged, forming a counterclockwise line and creating a perfect silhouette that did not affect the standing crops.

The owner noted that he had not visited the pace for days, as the heavy rains hindered any approach to the ranch. On November 6, he went in with water from his own well to feed the animals. It was then that he became aware of the changes suffered by his crops.

There was no sign of vehicles or tire-marks that could have caused the situation. Furthermore, the area was completely fenced with barbed wire, which showed no alterations through which a prankster could have broken in.

[The event] was not considered an act of vandalism, as the owner keeps two farm animals at the site, and these were not affected or showed signs of having been tampered with by a person foreign to the ranch. There was no evidence of material theft.

Phenomena of this sort have occurred in different parts of the world over time, prompting their investigation by scientists, master mathematicians and people involved with the paranormal or the esoteric.

It should be noted that the oldest recorded of a crop circle can be found in England, published in a pamphlet called "The Mowing Devil" on 22 August 1678, with an illustration showing a demon cutting a wide circle in the crops.

[Translation (c) 2014 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and Erick Moreno]

Argentina: A Fireball Over San Juan Province?

[The spate of incoming fireballs and meteorites hasn't been limited to the Northern Hemisphere, as this article from Diario de Cuyo shows -- SC]

Source: Diario de Cuyo and Planeta UFO
Date: 11.07.2014

Argentina: A Fireball Over San Juan?

A reader of Diario de Cuyo saw a strange, bright light crossing the skies at hig speed. The photos were taken from a car at the intersection of Ig. de la Roza and San Miguel avenues.

18:09 hrs. San Juan, 7 November - "That's not a plane. What is it?" wondered Daniela Pérez as she drove in her car along with her family, stopping at the light on Ignacio de la Roza and San Miguel avenues only minutes before 19:30 hours.

Using a handy cellphone, she photgraphed the fireball-like object that crossed the skies of San Juan at high speed - an object whose appearance suggested having little connection with an airplane.

In spite of the reddish hue of the sky, the object left a wake in its path that was clearly visible. The object was also seen by other motorists who looked at the heavens in surprise.

[Translation (c) 2014 S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and the Diario de Cuyo newsroom]

Friday, November 07, 2014


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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Night of the Saucer Crash: The Monte Grande Conspiracy Continues

Date: 11.02.2014
Source: Planeta OVNI and Diario Crónica

Night of the Saucer Crash: The Monte Grande Conspiracy Continues
By Roberto Leiva - Grupo Crónica

Local residents believe the truth about the crash is being concealed.

Crónica Fenómenos Paranormales. The official story states that a gas leak caused an explosion in Monte Grande on the evening of 26 September 2011. A growing number of voices, however, asserts that a flying saucer crashed at the site.

Three years removed from the terrible explosion that caused one death and the total destruction of two dwellings, there are still too many issues regarding the causes behind the mysterious explosion whose magnitude overwhelmed all mathematical calculations. Official inquiries ascribed it to a gas leak in a domestic oven. However, many consider that the whole truth has not been told about what happened on 26 September 2011 in the 9 de Abril district of Monte Grande (Esteban Echeverría prospect).

The event is remembered as the night of the UFO crash. A field research project conducted by a group of private researchers asserts that the official report conceals the true cause of the impressive event that changed the history of the popular Buenos Aires district.

Against those who insist that it was all restricted to a gas leak and a domestic explosion, space experts indicate that something very strange and hard to explain took place at the site. In spite of the time that has elapsed since then, the shadows of doubt and hesitation still persist. The subject is still discussed on the street and many believe there is sufficient evidence to think that the truth is hidden behind the apparent domestic mishap. They affirm that various reports alluding to an ungovernable, space-related phenomenon gained strength based on the evidence collected. Nonetheless, there are other dark and inexplicable aspects that have been the subject of deeper analysis by ufologists and researchers alike.

A Space Phenomenon

One of the earliest voices heard in that environment makes reference to that event, defined as a space phenomenon. “That night I was able to see the sky light up and then hear the explosion caused by a UFO crash. Several of us saw it and agree that an unknown artefact fell on the two homes. But after the studies were conducted, someone decided to hide the truth,” explains Julio Espinoza, who owns one of the properties and is the cousin of the deceased victim, Silvia Espinoza Infante, 42.

The man states that he has photographs of his late cousin. He says that there are marks on her body that lend credit to the hypothesis that an unidentified flying object was the cause of it all. The other house belongs to a married couple, Fabián Sequeira and Yiani Grey, accused of having a clandestine gas connection. Three years following the bizarre event, the families are still expecting a response from the authorities.

Witnesses to the Crash

Something fell over the homes located on the corner of Luis Vernet and Los Andes streets in Monte Grande at precisely 2:30 in the morning. At least a dozen people believe having seen a flying object that lit up the sky before plummeting and causing an explosion that leveled the entire structure. Whether descriptions of such an object are precise or not, the fact is that it caused one death, several injuries and tremendous desolation.

The Implosion Hypothesis

Interviews conducted in the neighborhood were done by personnel specializing in extraordinary events, and the points in which the versions agreed was critical, since this had to do with what later turned into the implosion hypothesis. Sources believe that a large luminous mass descended from the heavens at prodigious speed, and after crashing into a light post, rose again and passed over the trees surrounding the leveled houses.

This was the moment in which the implosion occurred. All objects in the vicinity were attracted to the main focus of the explosion. This was demonstrated, although engineers visiting the site have been unable to uncover the origin and magnitude of the phenomenon.

The First on the Scene

Few hours after the unprecedented explosion, members of Grupo Aurora – in charge of the significant task of collecting data and research on the UFO phenomenon – appeared on the scene. “What occurred that morning was truly impressive…the place looked like it had been bombed,” explained Pablo Daniel Warmkraut.

That very afternoon, states the researcher, the property was cordoned off by municipal edict. From a neighboring home it was possible to see that something was taken out of the pit left behind by the explosion – an object about which no information was given. The authorities made no reference to this and subsequently said that it was all a result of a gas leak at one of the dwellings. “Our group’s efforts are aimed at finding the truth, and the witnesses we interviewed agree that an enormous artifact fell from the sky. We believe that the truth about what happened that morning is being concealed, and for that reason, we will continue to lend our support to the survivors,” Warmkraut stated.

Strange Characters

Following the event’s occurrence, personnel from various organizations involved in space exploration arrived. What is striking about this is that no official mention was made of the results of their investigations.

According to the property owners and neighbors, there was great confusion due to the fact that the personnel only spoke English and made no contact with the accident victims. Most of them wore special gear, and following an inspection with sophisticated instrumentation, the word was given to condemn the premises and declare them uninhabitable.

[Translation © 2014 S.Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and Roberto Leiva]

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Incidents on the Argentinean Atlantic Coast: UFO Sightings at Necochea and Quequén

Incidents on the Atlantic Coast: UFO Sightings at Necochea and Quequén
By Guillermo Giménez -


Video Evidence of the Phenomenon

NECOCHEA –January 2000

The city of Necochea on Argentina’s Atlantic seaboard found its hotels crammed with thousands of foreign tourists who come to enjoy the long beaches known as the “soft slope” which run in excess of 300 meters from the sea to Avenida 2 (Costanera), their fine sand and the purity of its waters, refreshed by constant waves. This is one of the factors which among others ( their width, which makes them unique in Argentina) and Parque Miguel Lillo, covering over 700 hectares and including a million trees, largely pines and firs which provided shelter to the birds living in the area, have aided in keeping temperatures in excess of 30 degrees every day during the month, making Necochea beach a safe and enchanting place for tourists.

Once again, the UFO phenomenon did not delay its appearance.

Geographic image of the city of Necochea,
Pcia. de Buenos Aires, Argentina

On January 20th, a wedding feast was held in the ballrooms of the Complejo Nuevo Casino, located on the shore at Avenida 2. The young couple of Maria Paola Murua and Sergio Marcos had married at said location.

After nightfall, while enjoying their wedding dinner, the couple decided to go to the beach in front of the Casino to take video shots of the festivities among the newlyweds and their gests. While standing at the beach belonging to the Automóvil Club Argentino (A.C.A.) at 02.00 hours in the morning (21 January), the guests saw a luminous whitish blue object crossing the skies along the coast. Visibility was good, and the skies were clear and starry with only a few clouds.

The object’s transit lasted less than 40 seconds and was completely silent (at least no sound could be heard in the distance).

One of the female guests noticed the phenomenon and informed profesional cameraman Roberto Nebot, who was shooting the wedding video, and managed to record the object’s transit on a Panasonic 9500 Zoom x 12 / GAIN + 7 camera.

Not all of the guests paid much attention to the event, and even others chose to ignore it. Even the cameraman himself only recorded a few seconds before returning to the wedding celebration.

Some of the witnesses’ names remain anonymous at the request of the parties involved—however, all of the information has been recorded as part of my research.

The images in question show the antics of all the wedding guests on the beach as well as the presence of the UFO being detected by a female guest. The UFO can be clearly seen in the darkness of the coast, flying at low speed and at a great distance toward the south before vanishing in the clouds (according to the main eyewitness).

The UFO is very bright and at times varies its whitish-blue intensity (or as it passes through the clouds).

The film with the images obtained of the object is currently in my files and forms part of a new sighting supported by video evidence, substantiating the local case histories.

Digitized images of the UFO film obtained on January 21 2000 at 02.00 hours on the Necochea coastline and taken by professional cameraman Roberto Nebot.


Another incident also took place in mid-Januray 2000 on the Necochea coast.

The witnesses in this case were several fishing boats commonly knowh as the “Yellow boats.”

The fishing vessels known as “yellow boats” at the port of Quequen-Necochea (Argentina), witnesses to several UFO incidents..

In early hours of the morning, at approximately 02:30 or 03:00 a.m. and under complete darkness, the fishermen—a total of seven—observed a white light approaching their vessels and headed for the Necochea coastline.

At first they all thought it was a helicopter, but were surprised by its strange, completely silent movement, as well as its reasons for such behavior. Furthermore, there are no helicopters patrolling the coast so early in the morning.

Their astonishment was undescribable as they realized that what they were seeing was a large vesse, similar to two soup plates, which placed itself above the fishing boats, emitting a great beam of white light which “lit the night as though it were day.”

The fishermen radioed other vessels in the area; the crews of these other ships also became witnesses of the phenomenon (amounting to a total of over 40 fishermen).

The phenomenon itself inspired fear, according to one of the eyewitness, especially the UFO’s approach and the firing of the beam of light. The object remained present for some minutes before vanishing, moving away in the darkness of the night across the sea.

Regrettably, the names of the eyewitnesses and other accounts remain undisclosed, since they would rather not tell their stories out of fear for the ridicule they might experience in the court of public opinion. (This is due to the fact that they have already “suffered” similar reactions in other experiences they’ve had).

This story reached me directly from other co-workers in the fishing business, attesting to the truthfulness of the events. The witnesses are highly reliable and credible people.

The witnesses added that it was common the unidentified aerial phenomena in this region of Necochea and Quequen, not only flying along the shore or over the city, but emerging or plunging into the ocean.

Several other cases similar to this one can be shown for comparative purposes.

For example, we can also cite the case which took place in Necochea on 11 July 1968 when four persons driving along the coast saw a UFO at 01:05 hours. The startled onlookers noticed that the object was 800 meters inland from the shore.

The event immediately gave rise to remarks among the startled youngster while they object could be seen from an Argentinean merchant marine vessel.

The UFO was apparently stationed at some 100 meters altitude; it had an ovoidal shape and was extremely bright, resembling “a fireball”, according to one of the witnesses.

It appeared suddenly over the Atlantic, moved swiftly and made a sudden stop while issuing a beam of light which covered a radius of approximately 50 meters.

The strange object disappeared shortly afterwards, as mysteriously as it had first appeared. But witnesses were able to see that prior to setting in motion, the beam of light was “swallowed” back into the UFO, rising into the object.

The next morning, a press conference was held at the Prefecture of the Port of Quequén-Necochea. The speaker was the captain of the domestic registry vessel “Rio Grande, Jorge Alberto Bóveda, 24, accompanied by radiotelegraph operator Manuel Jorge Fotini and helmsman Manuel Silva do Santos.

During the event, a report was given as to the presence and detection of the UFO along with certain observations made from the ship.

The sailors said that “its color was hard to describe. It had orange tinges, and appeared to be coming for the ship but suddenly stopped and began to issue a powerful beam of light toward the water, which acquired a hue similar to mercury".

They admitted having felt fear due to the UFO’s presence and the fact that it was almost soundless duiring the minute it was almost directly over the vessel.

The news agencies gave the case national coverage, reporting that an Argentinean merchantman waiting to enter Port Quequen and less than 1 kilometer from the bulkhead limit had seen a UFO at 174 degrees, between 3 and 5 degrees of the city of Necochea.

Capitán Bóveda stated: "that no electrical or magnetic alterations or desiturbances were recorded while the object remained present near the ship.”

It is worth noting that the account given by the four Necocheans who saw the object from land coincided perfectly with the details given by the sailors.

The witnesses on land were three young ladies Bella Blanca Zubillaga, Diana and Aurora Etcheverry and Mr. Francisco Pazdera.

It should be noted that on the morning of Wednesday, July 10, several residents of Quequen startled public opinion by claiming to have witnessed the maneuvers of a UFO over their city. This case was widely circulated in the local newspaper, which included the eyewitnesses’ accounts.

At this point we must make clear that the January 21, 2000 event involving the sighting of a UFO during a wedding, aside from the one involving the fishing crews of the “yellow boats " received no publicity whatsoever, remaining unknown -until now- by the public at large and the written/televised media, since the parties involved preferred not to comment on the event. It was only a few days later that I received knowledge of these events, and that gave rise to my research.

This is the first time that any information has been released regarding these two significant UFO events.


"One doesn’t lie about this kind of thing. You say what you saw and that’s it.” This was the opinion of Mr. Orlando Ostrobski, 69, who witnessed the transit of a silent object on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 over the city of Quequén, Buenos Aires Province (Argentina) .

Drawing which shows parts of the coast of Necochea and Quequén (Argentina) along the Quequén Grande river. The Pinocho bathing facility and its environs have been the scene of constant UFO activity.

"To me, it was a UFO," says Ostrobski, a custodian at the Pinocho Bathing Facility at Quequén, one of Necochea’s neighboring cities. At around 21:15 hours he saw an oval-shaped object “sumounted by a dome and with a blue colored light.”

"It was no hallucination—I saw it very clearly." The witness tells us he was on the building’s deck at 502 Street, from which the two reefs of Puerto Quequén can be clearly seen.

"I was somewhat startled, because I could see this light coming". He pointed out that while he had seen UFOs earlier, he had never seen anything similar so close.

The object was moving from the South (coast of Necochea) toward the north some 120 to 150 meters in the air, approximately, at an estimated speed of 50 kilometers an hour.


On Wednesday, Orlando Ostrobski and his wife were watching TV at their home located at the rear of the Pinocho building, located at 1355 Calle 502, facing the shore. This is a heavily visited tourist area in the summertime and a very good location for surfing events. This is the place where large numbers of young people gather to engage in such marine activities, as they do in Necochea—the only two places in Argentina that attract surfers due to the quality of their waves. The mos perfect “curls” in the country can be found here.

Upon looking southward (toward the Necochea shoreline) he was startled to see the strange object. The time between 21.15 to 21.20 hrs.

He tells us that “it wasn’t an aicraft. I think it was a UFO. It was oval-shaped, similar to 2 soup plates joined at the edges, very bright, and had a dome with a little blue light.”

"By the time I called her it was already gone. Only a few seconds had elapsed since his sighting of the object, whose size he was unable to ascertain, although adding that it was “very large.”Cuando la iba a llamar ya había desaparecido". Sólo habían pasado unos segundos desde que avistó el objeto, del que no pudo precisar el tamaño, aunque afirmó que era "muy grande".

Photo of Sr. Orlando Ostrobski, who witnessed the March 1, 2000 UFO on the shores of Quequén (Argentina).

Having consulted the Necochea Airport for flights in that area, we were given a negative response: no airplanes flew over the shores of Necochea or Quequén at that time.

The object moved in silence. There was no sound of engines or injectors. “Nothing could be heard,” states Ostrobski.

He further added that “airplanes have tails, where their beacons are located, and this object lacked both tail and beacon.” At this time, the night was starry and clear.

"I was on the deck and could see this large light coming. I thought: It’s not a plane, nor a chopper, because I couldn’t hear any engine noise.”

Which is why he says: " One doesn’t lie about these things. You say what you saw and that’s it."

Durante the course of our research a few days after these events, were were able to find other witnesses in the area who saw the same phenomenon.

The UFO was was coming from the shores of the city of Necochea and into Quequén’s bathing area.

Here can be found a large number of Mediterranean-style dwellings which are largely unoccupied, since they are summer residences. Its rocky sand beaches, along the pathway, offer a glimpse of an uncanny landscape. We also found several sand dunes and the Quequén Lighthouse some 400 meters away from the Pinocho area, on Calle 541 between 514 and 516, built in 1921 and standing 70 meters tall. In its vicinity we find the “Necochea Golf Club” which offers uncomparable greens.

There is a considerable UFO presence through this area.

View of the lighthouse and shores of Quequén (Argentina) a region frequented by UFOs and the locale for the March 1, 2000 sighting.

[Translation (c) 2000, Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Ecuadoran "War of the Worlds" Transmission Remembered

The Ecuadoran "War of the Worlds" Transmission Remembered
By Scott Corrales

Every October 30th, UFO and science fiction enthusiasts alike remember Orson Welles' history-making broadcast of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds on the Mercury Theater of the Air and the resulting confusion caused by the alleged Martian invasion - a panic that has been called into question recently by skeptics, but whose legacy will forever loom large. Large enough, a decade after its transmission, to have caused true panic and death in South America.

"We are interrupting our transmission to make you aware of the latest news: our reporters and colleagues tell us the city of Latacunga - two and a half hours distant from Quito - is being invaded by strange lights in the sky and the city is being destroyed...people are running through the streets and fire can be seen everywhere, infantry brigades have been destroyed...the lights are headed for Quito, there are many dead and there is devastation everywhere. It looks like an atomic war."

Thus began the broadcast of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds in Spanish - "La Guerra de los Mundos" - broadcast on 12 February 1949 at 7 pm on Radio Quito, one of the Ecuadoran capital's most popular stations, interrupting a live transmission of a popular music show. Directed by Leonardo Páez, the transmission caused a true sensation in the South American country.

The musical show - a duet by singers Potolo Valencia and Gonzalo Benítez - was interrupted after only one song. An announcer stated that a "flying object" had been seen over the Galapagos Islands, interrupting the show yet again to advise listeners that a flying saucer had landed in the Cotocollao district on the outskirts of the nation's capital.

"We are again interrupting our programing to inform our listeners that we are at war. Strange lights are arriving and attacking northern Quito at Cotocollao. Spinning discs can be seen along with strange hostile beams who are destroying it all. There is fire everywhere, as well casualties. Ladies and gentlemen, we are at war!"

Páez's skilled team of voice actors managed to imitate the voices of government ministers and even the city's mayor. Sound effects added to the realism and the sense of impending doom that Welles had conveyed so well in 1938. Four years into the nuclear age, mankind was losing its first encounter with extraterrestrial invaders. As if this wasn't enough, alleged phone calls from radio stations in cities like Cuenca and Guayaquil were coming in, describing the perils faced by the country from "a cloud of toxic fumes" slowly spreading over the Andean foothills.

The La Guerra de los Mundos broadcast was so successful that it caused a mobilization of the city police and local military barracks. However, these same forces - upon learning of the "hoax" - retreated to quarters without hesitation, irritated at the notion of having succumbed to a radio stunt that was tantamount to a prank.

The sudden and hopeless news resulted in churches being filled. It wasn't long before the terrified citizenry learned that this false alarm was nothing more that radio show, and decided to take revenge on the broadcasting facility. According to sources from the time, busloads of enraged locals began arriving at Radio Quito building in the city's downtown area. A shower of bricks and debris rained against the building's facade, but mere vandalism would not assuage the hate welling in the hearts of the Quiteños. The building's lobby and first floor were set on fire, and being that the building was shared by El Comercio newspaper, tons of newsprint served to stoke the blaze. Flames devoured the structure, prompting Leopoldo Páez and his actors to make an improvised escape from their studio, jumping to the roof of a neighboring structure. Not all of them survived. Damage to the radio station, the building and the newspaper were estimated at 2 million old Sucres ($350,000 dollars at the current exchange) with a total of twenty dead, although figures vary from one report to another. The fact remains that El Comercio did not publish an issue on February 13, 1949 due to the total loss of its facilities. In August 2010, Radio Quito celebrated its 70th year on the air with a remembrance of all the highlights of its existence,including the sad events of 1949.

Four years earlier, a radio station in Santiago de Chile had broadcast its own adaptation of "La Guerra de los Mundos" with similar reports. Rumor has it that a regional governor had even tried to mobilize his forces to fight the "alien menace".

In the aftermath of the debacle, Leonardo Páez left his native country for Venezuela, where he died in the early 1990s. He penned a book on the fateful night in February 1949 with the title "Los que siembran el viento" (Those who sow the wind).

Honduras: Alleged UFOs Unleash Controversy Among Readers of Diario Tiempo

Source: Planeta UFO and Diario TIEMPO (Honduras)
Date: 28 October 2014

Honduras: Alleged UFOs Unleash Controversy Among Readers of Diario TIEMPO

SAN PEDRO SULA - A considerable number of readers of who looked at photographs of seemingly mysterious objects flying over San Pedro Sula claim having been witnesses to Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) along various parts of the northern and western coasts of Honduras.

Their stories emerged yesterday on Facebook and DIARIO TIEMPO's website, following publication of two photographs taken by a journalist of this communication media, using a cell phone from the 12th floor of the Altia Smart City Building 1.

On July 30, prior to attending a conference in this building, the journalist photographed the cityscape, and on October 27, nearly three months later, finally looking at the images, he was startled to see disk-shaped objects against the slopes of El Merendón.

Along with the images in question, published a brief newspaper item with the title "UFOs in San Pedro Sula?". Shortly after, readers left over 150 comments - some serious, others slightly humorous - on the Facebook page and the website.

One of the readers, identified as Enrique, remarked that he had seen "those very same artifacts" in the sky at 9:25 on the night of October 20, as they headed toward El Merendón.

"They headed toward El Merendón. I thought it was my imagination, but it wasn't, and I didn't record anything. But I'm certain that I looked at them (...) I don't believe in such things, but upon seeing them with my own eyes, I was bewildered."

Wilmer Rosales Murillo, another reader, believes "evidence suggests that we are truly being visited" by beings from other worlds.

"Those of us who watch the skies constantly know that these sightings occur periodically. The drawback is that governments won't mention the truth about these visits, but the fact is that we are indeed visited and I will go as far as saying that they live among us," said Murillo.

Other readers, less fearful of criticism, claimed not only seeing flying objects, but also humanoid entities flying in the skies.

"I have seen extraordinary things. I don't believe in extraterrestrials. What I saw was the shape of an angel heading for the sky, truly surprising. It was made of pure fire and wings - I shall never forget that experience," said Marvin Alexis Bobadilla Junior.

As is the case in the international scientific community, there are also discrepancies among Hondurans regarding the existence of extraterrestrial life and visits by "flying saucers" - as they are commonly known - to planet Earth.

A group of more skeptical readers, with no apparent interest in the subject, used the occasion to amuse themselves and make jokes, posting "memes" about alien beings, despite the fact that cameras installed on the International Space Station have captured strange objects in the universe.

The two photos published yesterday by were taken by a journalist with a cell phone at 11:06:37 in the morning, and the second at 11:06:41 (4 seconds difference). They show grey-colored disks in alignment.

One reader believes that the figures appearing in the photos are reflections of the office lights from where the journalist captured the images.

"While taking the pictures through a window, the lights in the room they were taken from formed reflections on the window, which go [unnoticed] until they are seen in the final image and not while being taken. A good photographer should know these things," said a reader identified as Uno+

To Oscar Aguilar, a psychologist with the Prosecutor's Office in San Pedro Sula, the existence of aliens beings is a subject that can be neither confirmed nor rejected up to now.

"No certain verdict can be rendered. I cannot say that they exist or don't exist. If they exist, and we have not seen them, we can say they have not done humanity any harm," he said.

From this psychological perspective, according to Aguilar, a sizeable number of humans believe in aliens because "they feel the need to think that they are not alone, and this is a way of gaining security."

Moreover, he believes "the subject of the existence of extraterrestrials can be used to manipulate people."

[Translation (c) 2014 Scott Corrales IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]