Argentina: Reflections on the Tres Arroyos Case
Re-reading the UFO chronicles of yore is an astonishing experience. It would seem that during the 1970s and to a lesser extent, the 1980s, UFO sightings were commonplace in Tres Arroyos and its surroundings.
Back then it seemed that our city and its environs were a “route and stopping point for flying saucers” (as described by La Voz del Pueblo in a 1973 article). The foremost exponent of Ufology in the country at the time, Prof. Pedro Romaniuk, also stated that the “UFO route passes over Tres Arroyos and Bahia Blanca, reaching all the way to Salta. This is possible thanks to isodynamic lines, which link areas having similar magnetic intensity.”
The most significant case, however, took place one evening in June 1973 and had several simultaneous witnesses. Two men saw a powerful glow followed by the descent of a UFO over an area field. The next day, it was ascertained that a scorched circle was left behind in the area where the object had descended. The same glow was seen by a family driving along in a pickup truck, and who claimed that their vehicle had been tailed closely by an unknown craft before disappearing. In the town of Oriente, almost simultaneously, several people saw an oval, multicolored object that flew at low altitude over the location.
On the night of July 3, 1984, an object was reported by several witnesses almost simultaneously in Oriente, Copetonas and Coronel Pringles: first as a cloud-shape that gave off bright flashes and subsequently as a sphere of light, finally with the unmistakable shape of a UFO.
In 1978 three hunters saw a UFO over Loma del Chapar while traveling in their truck. The object followed them closely until their truck’s motor died and the lights went out.
·A dozen similar cases were recorded in the town and rural surroundings of Tres Arroyos from 1971 to 1988.
·In 1971 a livestock farmer surnamed Calle had his vehicle’s engine and lights suddenly extinguished as he drove from Irene to Oriente. He got out of the car and saw a flying saucer and three enormous circles.
·In October 1972, a family heading from the capital to Tres Arroyos saw a sausage-shaped craft – brilliant and with greenish flashes -- some 15 km from our city. The glow was so intense that it illuminated both the surroundings and the vehicle’s interior.
·That same month, a small landowner witnessed a bright circular object from Cuartel VIII. The next day, his neighbor was faced with a perfect circular shape in the middle of his wheat field. It measured some five meters in diameter and was charred at its center. Plants inside the circle had been dried up and the soil was calcined.
·In October 1973, during early morning hours, a young rural laborer was heading back to town when he saw a square object over the Petrazzini aerodrome. It gave off blinding flashes of red light, descended until it touched the ground and headed toward a neighboring field before disappearing. The boy said he was left paralyzed, unable to make any movement whatsoever.
·In 1978, several witnessed allegedly saw an object with elongated windows that gave off a yellowish light fly over the city.
·In April 1980, with two days’ difference, several local residents claimed having seen UFOs having a similar appearance: circular and surrounded by an intense white light.
·In 1986, “spots” were found in a wheat field near Cascallares, flattened by a centrifugal force greater than three meters.
In 1988 a round, bright yellow-orange object was seen over the Lawn Tennis area for over a minute. Its lower section resembled that of a [child’s] toy top.
(Translation (c) 2007 - Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Lucas Grossi)