- Source - Diario Popular (Salta, Argentina)
- Argentina: Giant UFO Causes Commotion in a Salta Town
- Perhaps the most chilling detail of what happened yesterday
morning in Joaquin V. Gonzalez, a town of 20,000 residents considered by
traditionalists as the "heart of the province of Salta" is the
abundance of eyewitness accounts and the manner in which they are so perfectly
synchronized with each other. This little town is also known to the ever-watchful
gaze of science for the fact that its heights are regularly swept by the
passing of UFOs.
- The entire town or at least those who were awake
at 0200 yesterday agree that it was hot, an unbearable heat that
kept people from getting a good night's sleep, their eyes wide open under
treacherous, menacing and stormy skies. Outside, people drank cool drinks
or ate ice cream hurriedly, before these were reduced to sticky confections.
- This was the fate of many residents of Joaquin V. Gonzalez,
engulfed by nearly 300,000 hectares of soybeans, when at 2:00 a.m., with
heat still burning under their skins, they saw a strange, gigantic luminous
creature, elongated and weightless, heading southeast to El Tunal, some
35 kilometers from the town. It plowed the dark skies, lighting everything
around it, visible to everyone.
- The "cigar-shaped UFO" (as it is known to specialists)
crossed the Saltan night suspended under a spongy ceiling of clouds, and
according to some of the numerous witnesses, "with intermittent, flashing
lights and a fixed red beacon". As the object disappeared from view,
those who watched the sky as though expecting something more, saw it disappear
into the darkness toward El Tunal. Minutes later (some say 5, others 15),
all of Joaquin V. Gonzalez experienced an electrical blackout that submerged
a 200-kilometer area in the deepest darkness possible.
- "It was terribly hot. Some people were eating ice
cream while others sat around the outdoor tables of local restaurants,"
said one witness to Salta's El Tribuno. "Suddenly everyone saw a strange
vehicle plow across the sky, completely illuminated, and a little bit later,
there was a power failure. The phone lines were also rendered inoperative,"
said the excited witness. "Things went back to normal at 11:30 a.m.,
nine hours later."
- The power failure was confirmed by the EDESA Company,
which confirmed the lack of electricity only minutes after the blackout,
adding that it was impossible to find the failure, which had occurred at
the main power station located at El Tunal. The problem? "A burned-out
- UFO expert Luis Burgos told DIARIO POPULAR that "the
blackout occurred some fifteen or twenty minutes after the object was sighted
over Joaquin V. Gonzalez, and right when it hovered over the generating
plant at El Tunal." To Burgos, the protagonist of yesterday's episode
was "what we call a mothership, a sort of space aircraft carrier measuring
no less than 200-300 meters long, and which usually issues smaller UFOs
measuring between 8 and 10 meters in size, which later return to the [mothership]."
- Burgos noted that yesterday's episode is significant
"due to the large number of eyewitness reports" to be found,
although he added that he was familiar with this small Salta community
because "the most significant case of last year occurred in the nearby
town of Chicoana."
- In October 2008, "dozens and dozens of witnesses
saw lights hovering over planted fields, and the following morning found
strange, gigantic geometric figures."
- Meanwhile, other specialists added to the discovery of
a "mothership" the fact that after the enormous device was seen
over El Tunal, several UFO flotillas were reported in Peru. "It is
almost certain that they had departed from the Mothership that passed over
Salta," they affirmed, and that in coming days, "we will surely
have more developments."
- Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks
to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO