Monday, May 05, 2008

Peru: UFO Over Piura

Source: Correo de Piura (newspaper)
Date: May 3, 2008

UFOs Over Piura

Some residents of Piura believe that we are not the only ones in the universe, but sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are no longer strange. A Piuran attorney was terrified when he felt the phenomenon’s murmurs.

PIURA – Those who delight in speaking of aliens may calmly be considered insane. It has even been observed that people have forged alleged proof in an effort to achieve notoriety, or were also part of a psychosocial phenomenon. However, this phenomenon is rampaging in our city. On April 19, a researcher from Proyecto UFO managed to pick upn an object at 11 p.m. , flashing orange and silver lights in the desert between Piura and Paita. Since 1999, the Proyecto, formed by four good friends, decided to look into these sightings. They overcame their fear of the unknown and always organize vigils for sightings. They are convinced of an alien presence during the last Aerosport Festival organized by the Peruvian Air Force (FAP). There are hundreds of videos circulating on YouTube, where we find a news report from the defunct “Hechos” publication, reporting a sighting at the Los Cocos urbanization on February 8, 1994. Is there any truth to all this? Now, attorney Luis Vazquez Coronel offers us an astonishing story, “Cerro Pilan, a UFO highway”. Terrifying.. Vazquez Coronel, who also teaches English at a renowned school, was nearly indifferent to the UFO phenomenon. When he heard Anthony Choy, former head of the Oficina de Investigacion de Fenomenons Aeroanormales (OIFA), a dependency of the FAP itself, discuss sightings in Chulucanas, he was overcome by curiosity.

To date, Vazquez Coronel has made 16 trips and is terrified by each experience. He neither makes conjectures nor indulges in guesswork – he only tells the truth as he knows it. His close encounter of the first kind occurred in July 2007. He discusses that hapless trip in his book: in the company of two friends from Piura and two other locals, he came across a weird light in the village of Palo Blanco.

“A star that made an abnormal movement,” as he describes it. Fear gripped their bodies, because this light was chasing them. Beating naysayers to the punch, Vazquez Coronel writes: “They say that these red and turquoise lights are seen around the mines, and it can’t be true, because [they] follow a definite trajectory.”

He had two unusual experiences in subsequent trips. He was able to see a vessel irradiating “luminous triangles” in the blink of an eye over Cerro Pilan. “It was shaped like a hanging parachute,” he explains. All of this is recorded in photo and video formats. The adventurers ascended the summit of Cerro Horquetudo in 10 minutes and also noted the presence of lights. Hearing echoes [in the darkness] froze their blood colder than the North Pole. It is for this reason, they say, the very few dare the ascent, out of a fear that the peak will bewitch them. “People would opine that this is insane,” we argue, and he replies: “People feel very comfortable with reality, with what they know.” Some prophets claim that the increase in sightings heralds something, but Vazquez Coronel’s testimony concludes by saying that the only thing palpable is fear.

Further information: UFO sightings follow a route that begins in Chulucanas, passes over the treeline toward Piura, reaches the Alas Peruanas Universty, the Bolognesi Bridge, flies over Santisimo Sacramento parish and ends at Cerro Azul.

(Translation (c) 2008, S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU). Special thanks to Alex Sender)