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]