Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mexico: Alleged UFO in Oaxaca Causes Internet Stir

Source: and Planeta UFO
Date: 06.28.2019

Mexico: Alleged UFO in Oaxaca Causes Internet Stir

Cybernauts clashed over social media following the sighting of an alleged unidentified flying object (UFO) in the skies of the municipality of San Agustín, Oaxaca.

In the ten-second long recording, an [alleged] UFO can be seen flying over the small Oaxaca community.

Given its clarity, some cybernauts rejected the video as a hoax. Others believe it is a genuine recording.


Argentina: Missing Time and Teleportation in Tucumán

Source: OVNI TUCUMAN and Planeta UFO
Date: 06.28.2019

Argentina: Missing Time and Teleportation in Tucumán
By Carlos Burgi

A friend of our Ovni Tucumán group has approached us regarding a situation he experienced in the locality of Juan Bautista Alberdi, Tucumán, on Thursday the 20th of June at 23:45 hours.

Galo’s report:

“Let me tell you. I was in Alberdi on Thursday night…and the wildest thing that has ever happened in my life so far occurred…I was leaving the Sol sanitarium, went down the avenue that leads to Capo on the road, I turned and found myself on a semi-darkened unimproved street, rather than the street that leads to Avenida 1. What’s this? I went around the block and came by the fenced complex near the house of José, a friend who died three years ago…but not at all! I was actually behind the Marapá sugar mill, south of the city!

“I retraced my steps and the unimproved street was no longer there. Now I was driving along a paved road. I returned to the place where it all happened and there was no repetition. It was then that I realized that at the time I made the turn, I yawned for no reason at all and my eyes became very watery. Upon opening them, able to see clearly, was when I found the landscape had changed.

“I feel strange and baffled. I was neither sleepy nor tired. I did not drink and was not medicated. This occurred between 23:45 and 23:47. I immediately checked the time and corroborated it with a passer-by. This segment requires more time and there is no direct route. I never thought such a thing would happen to me.”

For over ten years, Galo has been traveling regularly to Juan Bautista Alberdi for work reasons.

Yesterday, Tuesday 06.25, we went to Juan Bautista Alberdi again and reconstructed the case according to the witness plus the Google Maps references, since our friend had activated his smartphone app on the day of the events. We followed it, analyzing his uncanny journey.

Our thanks to Carlos Rosznercki and his family for their kindness, as well as Ruben R., who witnessed a strange space-time case that we will share at some future date.

We are sharing part of the video reconstructing the journey, plus a Google Maps screen shot at the time that the event took place. Our research is underway and we will keep issuing updates.

VIDEO (in Spanish):

Google Earth screenshot:

[Translation © 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Carlos Burgi of Ovni Tucumán and Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Argentina: An Unusual Object Recorded in San Luis

Source: Planeta UFO and TV10 Cordoba (Argentina)
Date: 06.27.2019

Argentina: An Unusual Object Recorded in San Luis


The uncanny phenomenon took place last Tuesday afternoon. It was seen in locality of Juana Koslay.

Minutes past 18:00 hours, José Biava photographed and recorded a strange object in the skies over the department of Juan Martín de Pueyrredón.

José was out with his girlfriend making deliveries, as he is the proprietor of a sweet treats distributorship, and it was her who drew his attention to what was going on in the sky.

"I thought it was an airplane, but I found it odd, because I couldn't take off vertically," José told Diario de la República.

Biava has not said the object was a UFO. He submitted the images and the video taken to the San Luis Planetarium for analysis.

The episode lasted five minutes at most. "From being in a vertical position, it started to tilt and rise diagonally. Something like two boosters were visible, as fire as evident. It looked like combustion. It ascended until it vanished and didn't leave a wake, but fire," he said.

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO &]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Colombia: Air Traffic Controller Discloses Warplane UFO Chase Over Bogotá

Source: Luis Emilio Annino - ORBITA CERO
Date: 06.25.2019
Article by Cristián Avila Jiménez

Colombia: Air Traffic Controller Discloses Warplane UFO Chase Over Bogotá

A FAC (Colombian Air Force) T-33 tried to reach the object, but was faster. Occurred in 1964.

"El Dorado Tower, I have it in sight. I'm flying in pursuit. Requesting flyover authorization."

The Air Force T-33, registration 2072, had commenced a visual flight from the Palanquero military facility in Puerto Salgar, Cundinamarca, heading toward Bogotá's El Dorado airport, where certain anomalies had been recorded by pilots heading there and air traffic controllers as well.

It was 9 o'clock in the morning in mid-1964. On that day, according to experienced air traffic controller Eduardo Russi, the Colombian Air Force had sent two Lockheed T-33 Silver Star aircraft - U.S. built warplanes that had taken part in the Korean War - with the purpose of lending support to the airport. These were the most sophisticated aircraft in the country at the time.

Weeks earlier, said Russi, there had been an alert at the El Dorado airport. First, an Avianca DC-4 pilot had radioed a frantic call to the approach control as he neared the Bogotá savannah, near Facatativá, around 8 o' clock in the evening. He reported that another airplane had just crossed his path at the same altitude.

However, the control tower advised him that his perception was incorrect, as his was the only aircraft aloft. "What plane? Yours is the only one in the area. There is no traffic," the pilot was told, according to Russi.

A week after this minor incident, an even more surprising incident caused a stir among El Dorado's air traffic personnel, Russi among them. The pilot of an Avianca Constellation, originating in Cartagena, radioed his alarm about some lights that supposedly flew over and under his airliner. The event was substantiated by the airport personnel, as they were also able to see the lights "toying" with the plane.

These events were unusual, to the extent that the Colombian Air Force (FAC) decided to send the T-33's to provide support and find out whether the lights represented some sort of hazard, and to ascertain their nature.

That morning, Eduardo Russi acted as the senior officer of the El Dorado Tower. One of the instructions given by his superior, Pedro Sánchez, was to be mindful of the arrival of the FAC warplanes. The weather could not have been better - he noted - as the skies were blue and clear, to the extent that the Ruiz and Tolima volcanos were visible.

"You guys, who fussed so much about those sightings, now have the Air Force catering to you. They've been transferred over here in case something happens," Sanchez told Russi.

The first T-33 to depart Palanquero was FAC2072.

"El Dorado this is Palanquero: Please note that Air Force 2072 has taken off from Palanquero heading to El Dorado. This a transfer flight, visual, I will route it by El Rosal."

El Rosal is a mountain on the Bogotá savannah, near the municipality of Subachoque. Only minutes later, Russi answered a new call from the Palanquero base.

"El Dorado, this is Palanquero: Please note that Air Force 2070 has taken off toward El Dorado. Transfer flight, routing it through El Rosal."

According to Russi, 10 minutes later, FAC 2072 advised him that it was approaching from El Rosal, and was waiting for landing instructions. The control tower issued an order to notify it when the incoming plane passed by the beacon, a signaling device a few miles from Runway 1-2 at El Dorado, near Funza, to authorize the landing.

Following this communication, Russi noted that the baggage handlers, the ground refueling crews and those on deck were pointing at him in the control tower. At first he thought they were pointing at him because there was an earthquake, and the building was only supported by two columns, causing it to sway during tremors. However, he looked to each side and saw nothing was moving. The controller received a new call, but this time from the deck.

"Listen, there's something strange hovering over the tower. What is it?"

Russi got close to glass window, looked up and said he could see nothing at all, despite the insistence of those on the phone. He hung up and attended to FAC 2072, which had now crossed the outer beacon and was authorized to land.

The phone rang again. It was a call from Avianca.

"There's something over the tower. What is it?"

Russi look through the glass again and there was, in fact, an object over the tower. The controller described it as a round object, like a wheel, of a deep, intense yellow hue and with black sections. A bright white light was visible at the sphere's core, like a welding arc. “It was brighter than the sun, and the day was completely cloudless."

At that moment, FAC 2072 was about to land, but moments earlier, Russi queried the pilot if the unidentified traffic was in sight.

"FAC 2072, El Dorado Tower. Do you have the unidentified object in sight?"

"El Dorado Tower, FAC 2072. Affirmative tower, I have it sight. I am in pursuit; requesting flyover authorization."

"FAC 2072, El Dorado Tower, authorized."

FAC 2072, a T-33 fighter, used its power to maximize its peak performance and reach the object. Russi recalled that the aircraft ascended, and was within 2000 feet (some 600 meters) of the unidentified flying object.

From the control tower, the man observed how the unknown device rose vertically and without a sound as FAC 2072 tried to approach it. Within three minutes of initiating the pursuit, the fighter pilot contacted Russi again.

"El Dorado Tower, FAC 2072. Tower, be advised that I am at 31,000 feet and the plane is maxed out. I do not have enough fuel. Requesting descent authorization."

The luminous object flew westward at a 45 degree angle and vanished. "What was it? I can't tell you. I don't know. I don't know what I saw, only that I did see it," Russi remarked.

FAC 2072 and 2070 landed. Russi was stunned by the event but now, 55 years later, bemoans his lack of experience at the time, as he only recalls the fighters' registration numbers but forgot to ask the pilots for their names.

Chief Pedro Sánchez ordered the air traffic controllers to remain silent about the event, an order also given to the FAC pilots, who returned to Palanquero a few days later.

"It was the first and only time I saw a something like it in a 50 year career. All of these cases share a common denominator: the event occurs, and we are asked not to discuss it," Russi noted.

Events similar to Russi's are under investigation in the United States, where the New York Times recently published a report stating that between 2014 and 2015, Navy pilots saw strange object that reached 30,000 feet with supersonic speeds, and were unable to identify them.

To Russi, authorities and governments appear not to be interested in these situations becoming known. Therefore, the incident or event may have taken place, but it does not reach the public.

Regarding UFO sightings in the country's capital, Germán Puerta, director of the Bogotá Planetarium, notes that it is common for people to say they see such things, bearing in mind that many aerial phenomena exist, such as airplanes, drones and satellites, as well as the International Space Station, which is very bright. All of these elements can be mistaken for unidentified flying objects.

"The Planetarium receives photos and videos of aerial phenomena, but not much more can be said about them. A luminous object, or one in motion, is hardly evidence. There is nothing that can be said about it," he notes.

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Emilio Annino, Orbita Cero (Argentina) and Cristián Avila Jiménez, El Tiempo (Colombia)]

Monday, June 24, 2019

Peru: Peruvian Air Force Confirms UFO Sighting Over Lima

Source: PLANETA UFO (Argentina) and (Peru)
Date: June 19, 2019

Peru: Peruvian Air Force Confirms UFO Sighting Over Lima

Two unidentified flying objects (UFOs) flew over the skies of Lima at 1:30 a.m. on 27 February of this year.

They were described as highly luminous vehicles at a distance of 5 nautical miles and an altitude of 2400 meters, near the Jorge Chavez International Airport, according to confirmation given by the Peruvian Air Force to CNN. However, following publication, the very same official who spoke to the news outlet has denied the truthfulness of that statement.

According to CNN, the presence of these objects was elaborated and reported by commercial flights. The crews of LAN Peru 2437 and Latam Ecuador 1442 identified the UFOs during communications with the control tower. Both aircraft were on the airport runways, ready to take off for their respective destinations.

The incident alert lasted 40 minutes. The Corpac radar recorded the event and documented it, as explained by a Peruvian Air Force official report to which CNN en Español had access.

According to CNN, confirmation of the UFOs was attested by DINIA (Dirección de Información e Intereses Aeroespaciales del Perú - Office of Peruvian Airspace Information and Interests). Major General Robert Baxerias Vucanovich ratified the information, affirming its validity.

"The event to which you are referring indeed took place [the presence of UFOs near the Lima airport] and it is necessary to point out that at no time where either civilian or military air operations in jeopardy as a result of their localization and location," said Baxeiras.

However, Baxeiras told the Peru21 newspaper that he never discussed the UFO sightings.

"We have an anomalous phenomena office. A gentleman from CNN wrote me saying that some reports had been leaked, stating that an air traffic controller had seen a light in the sky, and had reported it on his hand-over sheet. I then replied by mail that yes indeed, when something is seen flying, the FAP is under obligation to investigate it, but at no time did I say UFO," he said.

Marco A. Barraza, the senior researcher from DIFAA (Departamento de Investigación de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos del Perú - Peruvian Anomalous Aerial Phenomena Research Department) advised CNN that contrary to the information disseminated on social media regarding the UFO sightings at the airport, the unidentified flying objects were only in the air terminal's vicinity.

"The [Jorge Chavez] airport's airspace is fully monitored, supervised and controlled as far as air operations are concerned. This took place at sea, in the proximity of San Lorenzo Island," Barraza told CNN en Español.

Barraza explained that the Peruvian Air Force refrained from issuing a communiqué at the time, deeming it unnecessary, as there was no visible threat.

"A series of incidents, objects and events play out in the skies, and these are investigated, but as long as they do not present a threat or hazard to civilian or military operations, they move into 'another category'," he said about the case, which is still under investigation.

Baxeiras Vucanovich also told Peru21 that he requested consultation from Marco Barraza in order to better respond to this speculation. “He sent me a reply and I boiled it down to five paragraphs pointing out that yes, something was seen in the sky, but it will be investigated. At no time was it said that it was a UFO. They've started this uproar."

General Baxerias asked that rumors not be allowed to continue, as it was not a UFO but rather "space junk."

"What was seen could be a kite, one of the many Google balloons (Project Loon), or as we say, trash in the air," he told Peru21.

Documents with seemingly official terminology and specifics appeared on social media in connection with the two UFOs over Lima. Barraza notes that having not been furnished by authoritative sources, these documents should be considered as spurious information.

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and the El Tiempo newsroom]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Cuba: A UFO over Havana in 2012?

Cuban UFO researcher Orestes Girbau says: "A luminous object photographed over the City of Havana in 2012. Unfortunately, we lack the name of the person who took the photo and other matters of a technical nature."

Argentina: The Night a UFO Shook Mendoza Awake

Source: Planeta UFO and UNO (
Date: 06.18.2019
An article by Jose Luis Verderico

Argentina: The Night a UFO Shook Mendoza Awake

Over 50 years ago, the courts of the city of Mendoza (Argentina) engaged in the investigation of a strange claim that became local and national news: the Villegas and Peccinetti Case - two employees of the Mendoza Casino who claimed having been intercepted by a UFO and five aliens in the city, near the Liceo Militar.

Judge Jorge Marzari Céspedes was famous for the fact that all unusual events wound up before his bench. "All that you need is to send a flying saucer to jail!" some colleagues had told him, half-jokingly. However, one day, that remark practically came true, and it became a police docket and later a judicial file.

Fernando Villegas was 26 and Juan Carlos Peccinetti was about to turn 30. They worked as cashiers at the state gambling house, which at the time was on 25 de Mayo de Ciudad Street between Espejo and Sarmiento, where private gaming establishments now operate after privatization.

As entered in the court case investigated by Marzari Céspedes, on Saturday, August 31, 1968 at 3:42 hours, Villegas's 1934 model Chevrolet suddenly stopped as it headed northward to take Peccinetti home. The "encounter" took place 300 meters from the playing fields of the General Espejo Military Academy.

It was a dark night and the sky was remarkably clear. Once more, (weatherman) Bernardo Razquin had been correct with his forecast.

"We were about to check whether the car battery was operating correctly when five completely bald individuals, with heads larger than usual approached us. They wore a kind of coverall, stood 1.40 meters tall, and had very pale skin." -- Statements by Villegas and Peccinetti in the court document.

Upon seeing themselves surrounded by these humanoid figures, the Casino cashiers thought to escape through an empty field, but a surprise awaited them.

"There was a lenticular object, 5 meters in diameter, hanging in the air. A powerful beam of light was projected from a lower opening, aimed at the ground. It was some 30 meters from us and floated a little over 1 meter from the ground." -- From Villegas and Peccinetti's account.

When Juan Carlos Peccinetti was asked for more details of the event, he remembered the three of the characters 'began to transmit messages'. The others? They were guarding the craft, he said. They didn't speak like human beings, yet we did manage to pick up a clear and intelligent message: "No fear, no fear" were the repeated words. Their tone, said the witness, aimed at persuading us.

"So what did they tell you?" asked Judge Marzari Céspedes, who had taken on the case at the request of the Supreme Court in the light of high public impact.

That they had orbited the Sun three times and were studying the customs and languages of the inhabitants of the solar system. That the Sun fed the system in a kindly manner. Otherwise, it would not exist.

"Did something else happen?"

The magistrate's question was aimed at hearing the account of the second part of the event, which was perhaps even more surprising than the chance encounter with the flying object and its occupants. Villegas and Peccinetti continued their story, saying the following:

"On the running board of the car and the left door, one of the beings was drawing signs with a device of some sort. It was some sort of electric welding, judging by the blinding sensation to the eyes." -- From the statement made by the casino employees.

The next morning there were nine marks on the Chevrolet's door and the running board. These were vertical signs, neatly arranged to be understood by those able to do so. They were examined by criminalists, the staff of the Atomic Energy Commission, and even the Navy, not only to find out what they meant, but what they were made of.

The flying object vanished into the wonderfully clear sky after a brief flash, according to the men. Before this, one of the occupants took Peccinetti and Villegas by their hands and pricked the index finger and thumb of their left hand. "It was like having your blood drawn," said Peccinetti, according to specialized publications. Previous to this, they had been shown a kind of TV screen showing a nuclear explosion.

That morning, Fernando Villegas, shaken and exhausted, ran to the Military Academy's guardhouse and spoke of his experience for the first time. His companion was following him, more or less frightened, pensive.

Marzari Céspedes was learned of the case on Sunday, September 1st, through the media. He wasn't even ready to open an investigation, yet he did. He delved into the matter little by little, as though drawn in by a force that many have defined with a single word: curiosity. He then opened a case file against NN (parties unknown) for the crime of slight injuries (the pricking of the fingers) to the casino workers.

In order to invest the matter with legal sobriety, the magistrate ordered that the casino workers be subjected to medical and psychiatric scrutiny. He wanted to know if they were telling the truth, but particularly to see if one of them had a mental disorder or had a fantasy-prone personality. The Medical Board worked with them for four and a half hours.

Alcohol testing was among the first tests, but the conclusion that they hadn't had a drop to drink only make the mystery greater.

They even had to make drawings and sketches of that night. The renderings and shapes were nearly childlike: of themselves, the characters, the nearby trees and the empty field, and of what they essential considered to be a flying object.

Mathematics is the universal language, Peccinetti told the Judge.

"How's that?" asked Marzari Céspedes.

It was the last thing the visitors said before they vanished.

The local Court ordered the magistrate to keep a tight rein on the investigation, to avoid losing sight of the terms of the complaint.

The plaintiffs were represented by Ignacio Correa Llano, who accused the judge of having pressured his clients "by the terms and manner" in which he had questioned them. Correo Llano was an attorney, but also a ufologist. He directed the CIEM (Centro de Investigaciones Espaciales de Mendoza) which had a strong opinion in the matter.

To another ufologist, Victorio Corradi, CIEM's vice-president, the inscriptions found on Villegas's car were a sort of "cosmic graffiti", as he told the journalist Alejandro Agostinelli's website Invasores: Historias Reales de Extraterrestres en la Argentina".

The National Atomic Energy Commission's report showed that levels of radiation in the empty field were normal. Measurements had also been taken at the El Sauce Hospital, where the plaintiffs had been taken. Nothing of concern was found there either.

As part of the investigation, Sheriff Miguel Montoza kept Peccinetti's wristwatch: a Precision with 17 antimagnetic rubies which had stopped cold at 3:42 on 31 August, the exact time of the reported "alien contact".

The 4th Aerial Brigade appointed Lt. Luis Cunietti to attend to the ramifications of the civilian investigation. He submitted all conclusions to the Junta de Investigaciones Espaciales (Space Research Board), not only those regarding technical mater, but also his opinion on the casino workers' emotional health, as he witnessed at least one of the sessions with therapists.

The police chief told the La Nación newspaper that experts had found "considerable amounts of magnesium and magnesium salts" inside the Chevrolet, particularly on the floor.

Social anxiety and concern was mounting to the extent that the Mendoza Police issued a communiqué aimed at staving off a potential panic. Chief Roberto Hartkopf explained: "We wanted Mendoza to avoid what happened in the U.S.A. when Orson Welles simulated the war of the worlds. Panic is uncontrollable."

He availed himself of an incident that took place in Ecuador to explain the goal of his institutional warning:

"The arrival of extraterrestrial beings was simulated through a radio broadcast, and the consequences were dire: flight, fire at the station and even officials lost to the panic".

"I think the case was a yarn," Marzari Céspedes began by saying, among other conclusions. "I don't believe in UFOs, so that's why I visited the site, not expecting to find radiation, but to find the truth. The Judge claimed having found 'many contradictions by Peccinetti" after reconstructing the case at the same time and location where according to the plaintiffs, they had traveled from the Casino heading toward Barrio Cano, and the subsequent encounter with interplanetary beings.

"It was a great yarn. A gag pulled by Peccinetti on this fellow Villegas which got out of hand and escaped his control," said Judge Marzari Céspedes.

Disturbing the peace. That was the only possible criminal charge against Peccinetti. However, the magistrate himself said that the charge would serve no purpose, and acted in consequence.

Peccinetti and Villegas quit the Casino shortly after the strange incident. Exactly a year later, in August 1969, the former was detained in La Rioja for swindling olive growers. Villegas was by now a restaurant worker.

In 1970, Peccinetti was front line news again. No longer in Mendoza or La Rioja. Now he was in Chile, and it wasn't a prank this time, or check fraud. Now he was accused of murdering an accountant for money, with two accomplices.

Peccinetti and Villegas are both dead today, and so is Judge Marzari Céspedes. Yet they are survived by this bizarre story, a curious one, filled with esoteric, religious, political and social seasonings.

It was an episode that shook Mendoza out of its habitual slumber; nearly a miracle in this part of the world.

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and Jose Luis Verderico]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cuba: Nocturnal Sighting in Matanzas (CE-1, 2005)

Date: 06.11.2019

Cuba: Nocturnal Sighting in Matanzas (CE-1, 2005)
By Orestes Girbau

Date: 25 January 2005
Time: 10:00 pm
Witnesses: Two passers-by
Duration: Around 15 minutes
Weather conditions: Clear Skies
Progress of the UFO Experience:
The witness, 51, a decorator by profession with a 9th grade education level, saw a UFO twice around the same time for two consecutive weeks, both on a Wednesday.
According to the witness, the object was 5 meters long by 3 meters wide with three sources of light, rotating slowly and noiselessly. It had a rectangular base with a dome resembling glass and of a semi-circular shape. It flew over the house in a straight line from north to south. As it moved away, it accelerated at breakneck speed and vanished without a sound.
The second time she witnessed the object, it was hanging in the air for some 10 minutes at an elevation of 12 meters. It later passed over the house(s), pausing for two or three minutes over each on two separate occasions. Next, it turned toward the main highway, aligned itself with it, and followed the route until it disappeared from view.

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Orestes Girbau and Guillermo Giménez]

Argentina: UFO Photographed from Cable Car in Salta

Source: Planeta UFO and Antonio Zuleta
Date: 06.11.2019

Argentina: A UFO photograph from Salta

Antonio Zuleta writes: This startling daytime UFO photo was taken by Ms. Josefina Ferrari while ascending Cerro San Bernado in a cable car. Josefina was in the company of her mother when she saw something strange near the cable car; she took out her cellphone and took some pictures. When she saw what she'd captured, she was stunned. A UFO, she wondered?
She decided to send me this photograph, and I thanked her for entrusting me with her story and this solid UFO evidence. It would seem that only meters away from the witnesses, at the exact moment that Josefina got ready to take the picture, the UFO did exactly the same, as a flash is clearly evident (they also take photographs of us). An astonishing fact.
If you see this note, dear Josefina, I would like you to write down your own version of the events. I have only written down what you told me. If something does not match the actual events, please correct it. Many thanks for this surprising story."

[Translation (c) 2019 S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Antonio Zuleta and Josefina Ferrari]

Monday, June 03, 2019

Costa Rica: Anomalous Object on Video

Another intriguing video of an anomalous object over Costa Rica, courtesy of Cial Observación OVNI CR. The accompanying text reads: "Luminous object at 5:43 pm Costa RIca time, 30 May 2019, looking toward the hills in the Valle Central's southern sector from northern Heredia."


Argentina: The Santa Catalina UFO Case

Source: El Litoral and Planeta UFO (Argentina)
Date: June 2, 2019
Article by Francisco Villagrán for El Litoral

Argentina: The Santa Catalina UFO Case

During the 1970s, 80s and some of the '90s, Corrientes served as the location for numerous UFO cases ranging from sightings to landings and contact incidents. One of the first cases was the Santa Catalina incident, where a strange luminous object was witnessed by an entire family during a night in 1978.

The cold evening of 22 August 1978 would not be just another night in the lives of the Miño family, protagonists of the incredible UFO sighting in the vicinity of Santa Catalina, which at that time was at the end of Bus Line 6, far from what was the city at the time. There was a military base there, headquarters to the Command and Service Brigade, Sanitary Company 7 and Arsenal Company 8, where the bus would turn and head back to the city. There were few hoses in that area and the streets were made of sand, making it hard to traverse them, especially on a bicycle. One had to make an effort to pedal. The city was just expanding and this area was far from contemporary Santa Catalina.

The cold south wind blowing over the region that evening, while not very strong, was enough to entice people to remain indoors, well-dressed and drinking something warm. Ignacio Esteban Miño, the main witness of the surprising event, was 29 years old at the time and was on his way back from his job in the city, where he worked as a martial arts instructor. The time was around 22:00 hours. As he got ready to enter his home, he was surprised to see a strange luminous object of an intense white color moving slowly in the sky, some 200 meter distant, and over the river, as it was near the dwelling. The vehicle was some 6 or 7 meters in diameter, according to his calculations, and made no noise at all. It moved silent through space, allowing the sighting to last some 15 minutes. Startled by what he was seeing, he entered the house and told his family: "Come out quickly, come see this, it's incredible!" His father and sister, who were still awake, went outside, followed by the mother and an aunt, as a result of the ensuing hubbub. All remained silent, contemplating the strange object. It glowed with a powerful white color, waxing and waning in intensity. Throughout the duration of the event, no noise was heard and nearby animals (dogs) remained quiet.

When Ignacio Miño was consulted about the strange experience, he said: "Nothing like it had ever happened to me. I'd never seen anything like it, but this time I could see the object clearly. It was rather close, I figure some 100 meters away, and at no time was I frightened. The object was oval-shaped and as I said, very luminous. It didn't travel very fast and gave the impression that it was inspecting something, looking at something. You ask whether I'd read up on the UFO subject? No, very little. I was only aware of its existence through friends. I do believe there's life elsewhere. As a result of my experience I intend to find out more, as I'd like to know more in this regard. I was lucky not to be alone when I saw it; otherwise no one would believe me. My father, my sister, my mother and an aunt came out for a look. There were five of us. We all saw it perfectly and were astonished by what we saw. From what I heard, no neighbors saw what we had seen. There was no one outside, as it was rather cold with a stiff wind. Not the kind of night you want to be outdoors. In any event, I won't forget this experience. It was incredible."

It should be noted that a week after the Miño family's sighting, a group of fishermen had camped 500 beyond on the banks of the Paraná River, and described a luminous object with similar characteristics flying over the river at low altitude.

This was one of the '70s cases that followed the Cambá Punta case in 1960, the Torrent Case in 1965, as the most important. Many others would come later in the '80s and '90s. Perhaps the most important was the Catamarán Case of 1978, when a group of artists, musicians and chamameceros (popular musicians from Corrientes) gathered at the catamaran at the end of the year, witnessed a UFO fleet over the Paraná River. The Santa Catalina case is significant because it occurred on a cold night, with a clear, cloudless sky, so it was visible without impediment. Furthermore, there was a group of witnesses - five, not many - yet sufficiently lucid to see the same thing and describe it in detail.

As is customary in these cases, eyewitness accounts were taken separately. Each member of the family was interviewed and their stories all matched. They had witnessed an anomalous event that was being considered worldwide as the sighting of an extraterrestrial device, very luminous, with obviously intelligent movements, flying slowly before shifting speed before vanishing at high speed in the dark of the night. Currently, such cases are commonplace, with the advantages given by present technology in photographing and recording sightings as indisputable proof of their existence.

This also marked the beginning of a series of sightings, descents and contacts that began in the Northeast, particularly in Corrientes Province, which had many cases in the two following decades.

[Translation (c)2019 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Francisco Villagrán of El Litoral and Guillermo Giménez of Planeta UFO]