- Northern Chile has begun witnessing a new wave of UFO
sightings in recent days. There have been reports of people seeing strange
flying objects on a daily basis within the past two weeks. Last Friday,
February 23rd of 2003, many people on the streets of Calama saw a bright
object flying across the city. Another similar object appeared during the
following morning. Many skeptics believed these were weather balloons;
however, some of these objects were very bright and appeared to suddenly
change speed and direction. There have been daily reports of these objects
almost everywhere in the city of Calama.
- The first flying object was seen in different parts of
the city, as well as San Pedro of Atacama, near Route CH-25. Many residents
saw the bright object near the airport, flying so fast that it 'disappeared.'
Nevertheless, the object seemed to reappear again several times, and in
different locations. Many eyewitnesses even had time to go get their binoculars
to get a better look at it. Those with binoculars reported that the object
was circular, bright, and it appeared to change colors from yellow to red.
- A local television news channel began broadcasting live
images of the object at approximately 3:30 PM. The live video coverage
ended at 5:30 PM. According to the news reporters and cameramen, the object
changed its flight course several times; in fact, by the end of the live
broadcast, it had already flown from north to south and east to west öcovering
the majority of the city area. The Office of Civil Protection issued a
statement with regards to this strange event. They announced that due to
the lack of information, they were not sure what the object was.
- A young boy said he saw a similar object on February
the 11th, at approximately 4:00 PM. He described the UFO as looking like
an 'eye.' The boy claims that he saw the bright object as he was standing
outside of his house. According to him, the sighting lasted about three
minutes. During an interview with Calama UFO Center, the boy indicated
that the object flew at a slow speed from south to north. The object later
disappeared into what he described as an 'S-shaped' cloud or contrail.
- On Saturday, February the 23rd, at 6:55 AM, while waiting
at a bus stop, two labor contractors saw yet another similar object. One
of the gentlemen by the name of Omar Acevedo, was interviewed by Calama
UFO Center. He described the object as flying very slow. It was seen at
about 10 kilometers from the hills in the west side of Calama. According
to Mr. Acevedo, it was a yellow sphere, which moved from south to north,
in an area where no commercial airplanes fly. He's absolutely sure that
it was no airplane. "During that time, the sun was not out yet. Therefore
the object was emitting its own light; it was not the reflection of the
sun. It was no weather balloon either," he said; the object appeared
to be traveling against the direction of the wind.
- On Monday, February 24 of 2003, at approximately 09:35
PM, another object was seen flying in a rectilinear pattern, moving from
northwest to southeast. It flew slightly faster than a commercial airliner.
The object was spherical in shape and bright yellow. It did not appear
to emit flashes or any other light patterns. This particular object was
also seen very far from any commercial aircraft routes. Another similar
object was seen near the Calama Hills by a warehouse employee by the name
Enrique Cortez. However, this particularly object seem to change colors
from red to yellow, approximately every 10 seconds.
- Roberto Troncoso Rodriguez, a 20-year-old asphalt-processing
plant worker in Calama, reported seeing another bright object in the south
side of the city. He was among 10 other eyewitnesses at the asphalt plant
that reported seeing the same object on February the 22nd, at approximately
3 in the afternoon. Roberto said that the silver-colored object appeared
to be 'spinning on its own axis.' The object stayed spinning in the same
location for a few minutes öwithout traveling in any direction.
- Roberto is a civil engineer assistant and he's very knowledgeable
when it comes to calculating distances, particularly because his road construction
team delivers and applies asphalt to highways on a daily basis - it is
part of his job to calculate distances and pavement estimates. According
to him, the object was at an altitude of about 1500 meters. He also mentioned
that the object emitted a strong light that at times, it was so bright
that prevented the object from being seen. During other instances, the
object would disappear for a few seconds. Rodriguez also mentioned that
the object would sometimes change its shape from spherical to oval. Then,
it would suddenly disappear. "I don't know what particular kind of
weather balloon can do these things," he said.
- REPORTS OF HUMANOID CREATURES AND OTHER BIZARRE PHENOMENA
the days before, and during the recent UFO sightings in the region, there
have been other phenomena reported by the local news media. Last Sunday,
a woman from a nearby village said during a radio interview, that she saw
another round object flying at very low altitude 'about 4 feet' from the
ground. According to her, the object came very close to her and tried to
'take her away' by using some kind of force to pull her towards it. She
said that she managed to avoid being 'taken' by holding on to a small tree
until the object finally gave up and left.
- On Sunday, February the 23rd, brothers Francisco and
Jos Carrizo, reported seeing a humanoid creature as they were arriving
home. According to them, the creature was dark and it looked more like
a humanoid shadow, rather than just a humanoid being. "It was on top
of the roof. It made a loud noise when it jumped to the lower roof,"
said Francisco. "Our mother was very frightened because she had been
listening to it running around the roof for a few minutes before we arrived."
Jos mentioned that they live in a location where animal mutilations have
- Previously and in the same area, a coal miner by the
name of Luis Sepulveda saw another strange creature. On November 28 of
last year, at approximately 3:30 AM, Mr. Sepulveda and his co-workers were
preparing their tools and mining equipment before going to a mining facility
known as 'La Banda,' located at about 40 meters from the Loa River.
- "Since there were no bathrooms available because
we hadn't set up our camp site yet, I had to go to the woods to urinate
behind the trees. I walked about 15 meters into the woods. The area was
not completely dark; there seemed to be a little bit of moonlight. Suddenly,
at about 3 meters away from me, out of the corner of my eye, I saw what
appeared to be a small tree moving from side to side, as if the wind was
hitting it. But then, I realized that there was no wind at all; therefore
that tree shouldn't have been moving. I decided to turn around to take
a better look at it, but what I saw was so eerie and bizarre that I think
I will never forget it. It was no tree at all. It was a dark hairy creature
mimicking a tree, with its arms wide open and moving its upper body from
side to side just like trees do," said Sepulveda.
- There had
been dozens of different types of strange creatures reported in the area,
but never before we had received reports of creatures mimicking trees.
The hairy humanoid creature that Mr. Sepulveda saw appeared to be disguising
itself as a tree when it noticed his presence in the area. It appeared
to be Îcamouflagingâ itself like some reptiles and insects
do to avoid being found by predators. Despite the fact that Sepulveda realized,
after taking a better look, that it had no leaves or branches, the creature
continued to mimic a tree. It was well-hidden and located among the bushes,
so without looking at it directly, it would have appeared to be just like
any other tree to the ordinary eye.
- STRANGE AIRCRAFT
- Since previous months, during many animal mutilation
cases, there have been many strange-looking aircraft in the area. Some
of these aircraft fit the typical manmade visual characteristics, just
like any other ordinary airplane or helicopter. However, there are others
that are not so ordinary. Sometimes, there might be unmarked black helicopters
or airplanes in the area. Additionally, there have been many eyewitnesses
that report seeing 'black flying triangles' that hardly look manmade at
all. On Wednesday, the 26th of February, our associate Jaime Ferrer, videotaped
a strange looking aircraft. Jaime believes that the flying craft was manmade
because of it speed, and because it emitted a sound similar to a jet engine;
however, the engine seemed to be very quiet ö at least half as noisy
as an average jet engine.
- The object originally appeared to be a solid white light,
but six times bigger than the brightest star. As it was flying by, the
light soon split into two lights. Then, ten seconds later, it divided itself
into three lights, and so on until there were 5 white lights and a red
light. The aircraft flew into the mountains outside the city, where no
aircraft dare go due to the dangers of terrain.
- The bizarre UFO and strange aircraft activity continues
on a daily basis in Northern Chile. There are many reports still being
filed of people seeing strange flying objects, and in some cases, sightings
of strange-looking helicopters present in the same area where the UFOs
appear. Due to the incredible increase of reports, the Calama UFO Center
has maintained a daily sky vigil, with camcorders and digital cameras ready
to respond to the continuing wave of strange sightings. On Friday, February
the 28th, at approximately 12:15 PM, Jaime Ferrer videotaped an unmarked
helicopter flying around the entire city for several hours. Although it
was no Îblack helicopter,â it did appear to have different
colors than the ones that usually fly in the area, which most of the times
belong to the local mining companies. The helicopter cabin appeared to
be bright silver-colored and its tail was black. Nevertheless, it flew
and sounded just like any other helicopter. However, what was unusual about
it was the time of the day it was flying, and how it appeared to be looking
for something all over the city and its outskirts.
- Reports gathered by Jaime Ferrer
- Translation by Mario Andrade