Chile: A UFO Over Vicuña (1969)
Source: NOUFA (Chile)
Original Source: Revista Vea No. 1567 (06.12.1969)
From the files of Luis Altamirano
A strange slight wakened a group of residents of the Gabriela Mistral district in the early morning hours of June 3, 1969. Concerned, they looked at their alarm clocks. The time was five minutes to six and the sky was normally dark at that time. It was a UFO spinning at an incredible speed.
Revista VEA recorded this nocturnal sighting and interviewed the main witnesses of the phenomenon, even while they still could not believe what they had seen. The object was round with an [apparent] size of 65 cm in diameter. It was impossible to determine its size, as the powerful light it irradiated made it impossible to see the object's full details. It's color was pale white on its external circumference and darker toward the middle. It emitted continuous flashes, which made it impossible to see its structure.
"It wasn't the moon. I couldn't have been more wrong, because it was over to the left, and the morning star was even more to the left. Besides, its light was stronger than any star. I was looking at it for fifteen minutes. It remained static most of the time, but once it moved quickly to the left to a distance equal to four times its diameter, it became stationary before moving again. The object caused fear among the animals." This is how Enrique Alcayata described the situation after being consulted. He added that this mule reared when the UFO flew over their heads toward the Cordillera.
According to eyewitness accounts, the UFO was located some 150 meters over the summit of Cerro La Virgen. It was shaped like a top, but what was most memorable to the witnesses was the manner in which it bathed onlookers in light.
Other witnesses to the event were German Morales Arce, an official with INDAP, María Herrera Rojas, Julio Morales, Ernesto González, Teresa de Olivares and several schoolchildren from downtown Vicuña. Juan Alberto Egaña, a police subofficer, ratified the testimony provided the witnesses who saw the strange object.
(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to NOUFA)