Chile: UFO Reported Over Iquique (with video)
Source: La Estrella de Iquique
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009
Chile: UFO Reported Over Iquique
(Video) The strange body remained suspended and motionless for several minutes before moving in a south to north direction.
The manifestation of an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the skies over Iquique was a source of consternation this afternoon.
The unusual event was noted after 18:00 hours today, when a group of workers at the harbor became aware of an object moving over Cerro Esmeralda. They immediately alerted journalists from La Estrella de Iquique, who corroborated the presence of the figure in the city’s skies.
Cylindrical and white, green at its core and purple at its base, the odd structure remained static for several minutes, then engaging in a south-to-north direction.
The object displayed bright colors at times. While spectators tried to explain that this was due to the sun’s reflections, many speculated that this was on account of the object’s movements.
After half an hour of flight, the UFO lost itself among the afternoon clouds.
While it was not possible to determine the size or altitude of the UFO, some observers believed it to be above the 2000-meter mark.
When experts with the Dirección General de Aeronautica Civil (Civil Aeronautics Office, or DGAC) were consulted, they dismissed outright any reports of flying objects over the area.
Hector Correa, director of the Diego Aracena Airport, stated: “We have no reports on aerostats or objects at the indicated place and time.”
The expert added: “We have control over anything that flies, and we have no records of it at this time.” He insisted that they even have up-to-the-minute records of meteorological devices or military craft flying over the area.
Mario Pizarro, a member of the Chilean UFO research group, upon seeing the images picked up by La Estrella, confirmed that the object belongs to the category of “Paracaidistas” (parachutists), alluding to a series of bodies detected in the Colina Sector of the nation’s central region in 1999. He explained that during that year, a fleet of UFOs having similar characteristics was reported near a military airfield.
Pizarro explained that the “Paracaidistas” are polyuniform UFOS – that is to say, they change shape according to their movements in the air. He added that it is even possible to see nozzles or propulsion elements in the lower part of the object. Pizarro remarked that manifestations of these objects are cyclical.
He was already alerted to the presence of UFOs in Huayquique and strange objects over Alto Hospicio yesterday.
Mario Pizarro dismissed the possibility that weather balloons or aerostats were involved, as these are launched from Antofagasta and traveling eastward. He even theorized that the UFO moved at over 500 kilometers an hour, at an altitude of 5000 to 7000 meters.
(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)