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Argentinean Roswell: The 1995 Salta UFO Crash

Argentinean Roswell: The 1995 Salta UFO Crash

     The event occurred in 1995 in the Serranía Colorada, community of Joaquin V. González. Details were never officially disclosed.
By Inexplicata
5-27-17

Ufologists still remember one of the most widely known UFO events to have occurred in the country, known as the Argentinean Roswell. It was given that name by its similarities with the 1947 incident in New Mexico, U.S.A.

In the early hours of August 18, 1995, the domestic press reported the collision of an allegedly alien spacecraft in the department of Anta.

At the time, private pilot Antonio Galvagno witnessed a “confusing plot”, as he would describe it, which kept the event from ever being solved. He said that he was having lunch on the day that the object fell and heard a loud explosion around 13:50 hours, which caused the entire community of Joaquin V. Gonzalez to shake. His initial sensation was one of fear, he told El Tribuno, thinking it was an earthquake, which cause the province to shake every so often. To his surprise, he took to the streets a few minutes later and saw a large column of smoke that made him think that an airplane or meteorite had crashed. The dense white trail was seen by dozens of local residence.

Curiosity motivated Galvagno to fly over the area in his two-seat aircraft. He concentrated on the area where the crash had apparently occurred, known as Serranía Colorada. The flyer saw a column of smoke which he described as “a cloud of soot with metallic particles. The search turned up nothing new. I found nothing.”

Galvagno devoted the next two weeks to finding clues as to what could have happened, but without any positive results. According to his story, he met with a group from the Gendarmería Nacional (national police) who forbid him to continue the search, pursue the investigation or fly over the area.

However, the pilot decided to continue along with a group of locals motivated by curiosity. The news also reached the national television, print and radio media. It was brought up on programs such as the one by Susana Giménez and the late Jorge Guinzburg. Telenoche, Cronica and magazines like Gente dispatched correspondents to the area. There was never any official word as to what occurred and all that remained was a burned area measuring some 500 meters wide by five kilometers long.

The hypothesis by the pilot from Anta is that a craft – regardless of its origin – slid along the path. “Vegetation never grew in the site again and the area was closed off. Gendarmería and the Air Force invoked reasons of national security,” Galvagno said. He and many other residents of Anta always believed it had been a UFO.

On November 27, 2009, a considerable part of the Department of Anta was left in the dark after midnight following a blackout which occurred at the same time dozens of witnesses reported seeing a UFO over the city of Joaquin V. Gonzalez.

In that instance, Daniel Barbosa, director of Radio Uno, told El Tribuno “that according to eyewitness accounts, the craft was gigantic, sausage-shaped and fully illuminated.”

Citizens stated that the object flew over the power station for some minutes. “We were surprised that people from all over the city coincided in the description. Even stranger is that a blackout occurred.”

The event occurred in 1995 at Serranía Colorada in the municipality of Joaquin V. Gonzalez. The details were never officially disclosed. Vegetation never again grew at the location and it remained closed off. The national police and the Argentinean Air Force invoked “reasons of national security.”

[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and Daniel Díaz]

Source: Planeta UFO and El Tribuno
An Article by Daniel Díaz, El Tribuno

NOTE: The Salta UFO crash was one of the first major events covered by INEXPLICATA in its original incarnation (the Samizdat newsletter) at the time. It was reprinted in 2009 here and appears in the book Inexplicata: UFOs in Latin America and Spain available at Scribd.com. For details on the 2009 Salta UFO flap, please visit Giant UFO Causes Commotion in Salta — Scott Corrales.

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Navy Declassifies Case Involving UFO Over Necochea | ARGENTINA

Argentina Navy Declassifies Case Involving UFO Over Necochea

     The Argentinean Navy published a series of documents pertaining to a UFO sighting in Necochea in 1962. The documents present the eyewitness account of a truck driver pursued by a flying saucer in the vicinity of La Dulce.
By Inexplicata
5-13-17

CEFORA (Commission for the Study of the UFO Phenomenon in the Republic of Argentina) recently published an Argentinean Navy file disclosing the details of an important UFO sighting event that took place in our city some 55 years ago.

On August 29, 1962, Osman Alberto Simonini told his story of a UFO encounter in the vicinity of Km 28 of Route 86. Simonini was in his truck, driving out of La Dulce from the “Malabrigo” mink farm, property of Ernesto Arias. The case become widely known through an article in Ecos Diarios: the Navy commission launched its investigation through Capt. Omar Pagani and the files now form part of the private archive of researcher Roberto Banchs.

The incident took place at around 20:10 hours as Simonini drove at slow speed and noticed – to his left and following a parallel trajectory, at a distance of 3 meters and an elevation of 2 meters – an “artifact” resembling two plates linked by their widest sides, the color of gunmetal, having an approximate diameter of 5 meters.

The object projected red-and-blue beams similar to headlights from its lower section. The beams had a diameter of two meters, according to the description.

Simonini said that the artifact accompanied his truck for some 200 meters. As it did so, the driver noticed that the grass moved as well, proof of its low altitude and some sort of “air or energy” expelled from its lower section.

The object overtook the truck after the 200 hundred meters, racing ahead some 600 meters along the shoulder at low altitude. Upon reaching Km 26, it made a sharp right-angle turn into a seedbed. Simonini followed it and saw the object had stopped at an altitude lower than one meter. He stopped his truck and got up, and tried to approach the fence separating the field from the road, placing his hands on the wire only to find that the material was hot. He removed his hands, set them down again, only to find that [the wire] was even hotter. He moved some meters along, ascertaining that the wire there was completely cold.

Two minutes later, the object took up at high speed and vanished into the sky.

The witness stated his case to the border superintendent, the head of the federal police delegation, and Air Force officers in Mar del Plata with the support of notary Juan José La Terza, who stated that the following verbatim response was received when the incident was brought up [with these authorities]:

“The officers specializing in these studies told me there was nothing extraordinary about the event, as this kind of phenomenon was already accepted as real, and that the scientific world was waiting for the next stage: making contact with these artifacts.”

At the time, Guillermo Gimenez (a member of CEFORA [and INEXPLICATA’s contributing editor for Argentina]) conducted an exhaustive on-site investigation in the area, after Juan José La Terza got in touch with him. The article can be found here (in Spanish).

The documentation contains the report by notary La Terza, who acted as a sort of attorney-in-fact for witness Simonini.

• Source: PLANETA UFO and 4 Vientos (Necochea, Argentina)

• Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO

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     Nearly 40 sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) reported in Argentina during 2016 were explained away as some natural phenomenon by those who took the photo or witnessed the event
By Inexplicata
12-26-16

reported, according to a commission of the Argentinean Air Force (FAA).

The Comisión de Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales (CEFAE) is an agency attached to the Argentinean Air Force. It has operated since 2011 in an office shared by monitors that follow satellites in real time, along with the debris of the Soviet space station Salyut 7, which crashed in the Province of Entre Rios in February 1991.

Ruben Lianza, who is in charge of CEFAE, explained that they provide “an open public service that enables citizens to clarify UFO sightings they may have recorded. “We employ all the tools at our disposal to identify each case as precisely as possible. It isn’t that we’re looking for alien life in the photographs.”

With 40 years’ experience in his favor, the specialist explained that “many people manage to take photos when they see something in the heavens that they can’t explain, and others notice objects they did not expect to see, seemingly in flight, in photos they’ve taken. In such cases, many get in touch with us in the hope that we will identify these flying objects.”

“There are thousands of other objects having a commonplace origin that cause people to become confused. For that reason, this commission employs the term ‘aerospace phenomena’ rather than the ill-used acronym UFO.”

Lianza pointed out that “at least seven different kinds of explanations can be identified. Some are of an optical nature, being external or internal lens flares, particles or drops on the lens or sensor errors. Others are biological, birds or insects flying across the camera or creating optical illusions by having been taken at very low shutter speeds. There are also astronomical causes, such as the moon in broad daylight, for instance, or a star, planet or even the occasional shooting star, the sun reflecting off communication satellite mirrors, aircraft flying during daytime or nighttime hours or experimental balloons,” he added.

For the moment, 40 per cent of the cases present in the report are attributable to biological causes, 37.1 per cent to causes linked to camera effects, while 5.7 per cent corresponds to astronomical causes and 2.9 per cent are attributable to satellites.

The commission makes use of three satellite and astronomical tracking software programs – Orbitron, Satflare and Stellarium – in analyzing cases. These record the exact orbit in real time with the possibility of delayed mode simulation for satellites and heavenly bodies. This allows reproduction of the conditions existing in the skies at the exact time and date at which the phenomenon was reported.

“When people see things at the edge of their visual field, the brain completes the missing information by resorting to the imagination. This can happen to a person with no aeronautical experience as well as to the most experienced pilot. It is for this reason that all the cases we receive must be accompanied perforce by photo, video or material evidence.”

Source: Planeta UFO, TELAM and Diario de Cuyo Date: 12.26.2016

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and Diario de Cuyo]

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CEFAE Holds Conference on Aerospace Phenomena Research Methods | ARGENTINA

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The purpose of CEFAE is to research the possible causes of unidentified flying object sightings, and publish a report with the conclusions of cases that have been solved.

     On September 15, the head of the Aerospace Phenomena Study Commission (CEFAE), Commodore (R) Ruben Lianza, held a talk on the subject of “aerospace phenomena research methods” at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia in Buenos Aires’s Palermo district.
By Lic. Florencia Sosa
Inxplicata
10-4-16

The purpose of CEFAE is to research the possible causes of unidentified flying object sightings, and publish a report with the conclusions of cases that have been solved.

During his presentation, Commodore Lianza described how he developed an interest in aerospace observations and mentioned that upon entering the Air Force, he devoted himself to unusual air traffic phenomena. He personally looked into cases involving ground marks, photographing a circle in the grass of a ranch and a “spot” on the Pajarillo Mountains.

According to the expert, Air Force files on the study of phenomena go back to 1968, and research fell under the Aeronautical Intelligence Service. Subsequently, in 1979, the National Space Investigation Commission was created with the aim of investing cases involving space junk. This commission operated until 1987. In 2011, the Air Force General High Command Created the Aerospace Phenomena Study Commission (CEFAE)

“CEFAE’s problem consists in identifying an initially unidentified phenomenon. A case cannot be investigated if its two components are not present: the eyewitness report and the proof. This vital, because many ufologists have devoted their lives and millions of dollars to study cases only with eyewitness accounts and no evidence,” he explained.

The importance of distinguishing between unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and identified flying objects (IFOs) was also stressed duirng the session. According to the official, identifying an object is due to the experience of the researchers who look into similar cases, along with the application of new computer tools.

“Research is absolutely necessary. The scientific method seeks to operate with relevant operation. If it is historic, it describes what it was; if it is descriptive, it interprets what it is, and if it is experimental, it describes what will be,” explained Commodore Lianza.

He stated that research into the UFO phenomenon is descriptive, as it requires identifying the cause of the sighting.

Photos and videos go through an initial filter, in which the evidence is immediately identified as “an optical phenomenon, a camera effect, an astronomical, aeronautical, astronautical, meteorological or geological cause, or even a biological cause such as birds or insects, although there can also be unusual aerial phenomena that we are not aware of.”

CEFAE’s director explained that the method he recommends in finding an answer to these phenomena is composed of a hypothesis, initial causes, suspected causes and a conclusion. These reports are published at the official website of the Argentinean Air Force every year during the first week of December.

“Research is of critical importance, as it allows us to make contact with reality in order to understand it better,” Commodore Lianza stated, adding: “Out of thousands of cases researched throughout the world, less than 5% remain unidentified.”

“The research methodology causes us to make a double effort to ascertain not only what the UFO was, but also to find out what it wasn’t. Therefore, a thorough knowledge of the identifiables, the IFOs, is essential to dismiss them,” explained the officer, adding: “To be a good ufologist, you must first be a good ifologist.”

He went on to add that human emotions, erroneous identification and optical illusions also come into play in the UFO phenomenon.

“To me, progress consists in going from UFO to IFO, even if it’s an alien spaceship, because now it’s identified with a name. What’s regrettable about the past 69 years is that people use the acronym UFO as EFO (Extraordianry Flying Object). They use it as a synonym, when it isn’t.”

CEFAE has two areas of research that are pivot around intramural investigation (desk research) and extramural (field research). “Desk research involves a review of data, processing of eyewitness interviews and photographic analysis. This is what CEFAE does practically every day.” In turn, the Commodore declared that several methods are employed in determining the cause of the object. In some cases, the distance between the object to the camera is computed, or its trajectory, or whether it is an internal optical reflection. Delivery of the original image, uncropped and without post-production is an indispensable requirement.

“The true challenge in observing space phenomena is to see what it was, whether or not it was extraterrestrial,” remarks the expert. “We are obligated to give a sensible answer to the people. The idea is that CEFAE should not be perceived as a mere explainer, because explaining is the final stage of a process. It should be perceived as a clarifying organization.”

[…]

Throughout the length of the presentation, he stressed the importance to make government officials and society at large aware of the need to create a contingency plan for cases involving falls of radioactive space junk.

Finally, he highlighted the importance of pursuing research into aerospace phenomena to facilitate its recognition and case analysis. In this regard, CEFAE is engaged in the inescapable task of training human resources, an initiative that is being achieved through Air Force courses under the Curso de Transcendencia del Poder Aeroespacial Nacional (CTPAN).

“To date, there exists no scientifically validated evidence that there are spaceships flying over our planet (…) but what we do have are the eyewitness accounts of UFOs, eyewitness reports that are real and deserve as factual and accurate a response as possible,” concluded Commodore Lianza, adding: “Let us remember that when people see something at the far end of their visual field, the brain completes the information by resorting to imagination.”

The chat ended with a round of questions in which those present indicated their interest in the subject, and went into detail about the work carried out by the Aerospace Phenomena Study Commission.

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CEFAE Holds Conference on Aerospace Phenomena Research Methods | ARGENTINA

CEFAE Logo
The purpose of CEFAE is to research the possible causes of unidentified flying object sightings, and publish a report with the conclusions of cases that have been solved.

     On September 15, the head of the Aerospace Phenomena Study Commission (CEFAE), Commodore (R) Ruben Lianza, held a talk on the subject of “aerospace phenomena research methods” at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia in Buenos Aires’s Palermo district.
By Lic. Florencia Sosa
Inxplicata
10-4-16

The purpose of CEFAE is to research the possible causes of unidentified flying object sightings, and publish a report with the conclusions of cases that have been solved.

During his presentation, Commodore Lianza described how he developed an interest in aerospace observations and mentioned that upon entering the Air Force, he devoted himself to unusual air traffic phenomena. He personally looked into cases involving ground marks, photographing a circle in the grass of a ranch and a “spot” on the Pajarillo Mountains.

According to the expert, Air Force files on the study of phenomena go back to 1968, and research fell under the Aeronautical Intelligence Service. Subsequently, in 1979, the National Space Investigation Commission was created with the aim of investing cases involving space junk. This commission operated until 1987. In 2011, the Air Force General High Command Created the Aerospace Phenomena Study Commission (CEFAE)

“CEFAE’s problem consists in identifying an initially unidentified phenomenon. A case cannot be investigated if its two components are not present: the eyewitness report and the proof. This vital, because many ufologists have devoted their lives and millions of dollars to study cases only with eyewitness accounts and no evidence,” he explained.

The importance of distinguishing between unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and identified flying objects (IFOs) was also stressed duirng the session. According to the official, identifying an object is due to the experience of the researchers who look into similar cases, along with the application of new computer tools.

“Research is absolutely necessary. The scientific method seeks to operate with relevant operation. If it is historic, it describes what it was; if it is descriptive, it interprets what it is, and if it is experimental, it describes what will be,” explained Commodore Lianza.

He stated that research into the UFO phenomenon is descriptive, as it requires identifying the cause of the sighting.

Photos and videos go through an initial filter, in which the evidence is immediately identified as “an optical phenomenon, a camera effect, an astronomical, aeronautical, astronautical, meteorological or geological cause, or even a biological cause such as birds or insects, although there can also be unusual aerial phenomena that we are not aware of.”

CEFAE’s director explained that the method he recommends in finding an answer to these phenomena is composed of a hypothesis, initial causes, suspected causes and a conclusion. These reports are published at the official website of the Argentinean Air Force every year during the first week of December.

“Research is of critical importance, as it allows us to make contact with reality in order to understand it better,” Commodore Lianza stated, adding: “Out of thousands of cases researched throughout the world, less than 5% remain unidentified.”

“The research methodology causes us to make a double effort to ascertain not only what the UFO was, but also to find out what it wasn’t. Therefore, a thorough knowledge of the identifiables, the IFOs, is essential to dismiss them,” explained the officer, adding: “To be a good ufologist, you must first be a good ifologist.”

He went on to add that human emotions, erroneous identification and optical illusions also come into play in the UFO phenomenon.

“To me, progress consists in going from UFO to IFO, even if it’s an alien spaceship, because now it’s identified with a name. What’s regrettable about the past 69 years is that people use the acronym UFO as EFO (Extraordianry Flying Object). They use it as a synonym, when it isn’t.”

CEFAE has two areas of research that are pivot around intramural investigation (desk research) and extramural (field research). “Desk research involves a review of data, processing of eyewitness interviews and photographic analysis. This is what CEFAE does practically every day.” In turn, the Commodore declared that several methods are employed in determining the cause of the object. In some cases, the distance between the object to the camera is computed, or its trajectory, or whether it is an internal optical reflection. Delivery of the original image, uncropped and without post-production is an indispensable requirement.

“The true challenge in observing space phenomena is to see what it was, whether or not it was extraterrestrial,” remarks the expert. “We are obligated to give a sensible answer to the people. The idea is that CEFAE should not be perceived as a mere explainer, because explaining is the final stage of a process. It should be perceived as a clarifying organization.”

[…]

Throughout the length of the presentation, he stressed the importance to make government officials and society at large aware of the need to create a contingency plan for cases involving falls of radioactive space junk.

Finally, he highlighted the importance of pursuing research into aerospace phenomena to facilitate its recognition and case analysis. In this regard, CEFAE is engaged in the inescapable task of training human resources, an initiative that is being achieved through Air Force courses under the Curso de Transcendencia del Poder Aeroespacial Nacional (CTPAN).

“To date, there exists no scientifically validated evidence that there are spaceships flying over our planet (…) but what we do have are the eyewitness accounts of UFOs, eyewitness reports that are real and deserve as factual and accurate a response as possible,” concluded Commodore Lianza, adding: “Let us remember that when people see something at the far end of their visual field, the brain completes the information by resorting to imagination.”

The chat ended with a round of questions in which those present indicated their interest in the subject, and went into detail about the work carried out by the Aerospace Phenomena Study Commission.

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Argentina’s UFO Agency is Being Shut Down – Here’s Why

Argentina's UFO Agency is Being Shut Down - Here's Why

     When Mauricio Macri became the new President of Argentina, his administration decided to shut down several pet projects of his predecessor, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner. One particular division is an Argentinian UFO agency.
By www.latinpost.com
2-18-16

In May 2011, Fernandez de Kirchner started the Commission for the Study of Aerospace Phenomena or CEFAE, which hired civilian and military experts. The new agency had the objective of getting more details about several UFO sightings in Argentina.

However, the agency’s almost five-year existence only came up with one report and 10 investigated UFO sightings. The one and only study consisted of 12 pages and concluded that nine out of 10 sightings actually involved a bird, soccer ball, helicopter, red lights of an antenna, a star, airplane, Jupiter, the moon and a combination of a star, satellite and NASA’s International Space Station. The 10th case was not resolved because the witness failed to provide a photo or video. However, the study stated that it may be a red laser being shown on a wall.

[…]

The CEFAE was also linked to the San Martin National University (UNSM), which public officials allegedly used for personal gain. During Kirchner’s time, the school reportedly came up with a degree in aerospace engineering. It was believed, however, that the $15 million in funding the division was actually used to pay party activists and cronies.

Kirchner’s administration was ridden with allegations of corruption. The Macri administration is currently taking down various initiatives set up by its predecessor, which may have been used for purposes other than for the public. […]

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Argentina’s Real-Life X-Files Unit; Its Rise and Fall

Argentina’s Real-Life X-Files Unit; Its Rise and Fall

     LIMA, Peru — Even at the best of times, Argentina’s former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was controversial.

Accused of populism, corruption, mismanaging the economy and un-statesmanlike mood swings, she also, apparently, had an interest in extraterrestrial life.

Simeon Tegel
www.globalpost.com
2-15-16

In fact, in May 2011, she launched a new agency within Argentina’s air force specifically to research reports of UFOs on national territory.

Called the Commission for the Study of Aero-spatial Phenomena, or CEFAE in Spanish, it included both military and civilian experts, and aimed to get to the bottom of a spate of sightings across the South American nation.

Amid great fanfare, Brigadier Ernesto Omar Paris, of the Argentine Air Force, said at the time: “This commission will carry out a scientific study of aero-spatial phenomena. With this achievement, we have reached an important goal for our institution.”

Now that Fernandez de Kirchner’s leftist administration has made way for new president Mauricio Macri’s center right government, many of her pet projects are being wound down, and some are even being investigated to see how they spent the public funds they were assigned.
That includes CEFAE [….]

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Watch International Intergalactic Alien Festival in Argentina

Watch International Intergalactic Alien Festival in Argentina

     Thousands of alien enthusiasts turned out to meet their intergalactic compatriots during an international alien festival in the small town of Capilla del Monte in Argentina’s remote interior.

The annual event, going into its fourth edition celebrates the region’s status as Argentina’s very own Roswell, having established itself as a global hot spot for Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings and esoteric allure over the last three decades.

By APTV Staff
2-14-16

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Argentina’s International UFO Site, Home of Annual Festival

Argentina's International UFO Site, Home of Annual Festival

By Kamilia Lahrichi
USA Today
2-7-16

     CAPILLA DEL MONTE, Argentina — Residents in this town are positive intelligent aliens from another galaxy are living among them.

So positive, the town of 16,000 holds an annual Alien Festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors — from Earth, that is. This year’s event kicked off Friday and runs through Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day for those in love with extraterrestrials.

There is an alien costume contest, a parade of Star Wars characters, a laser contest and special effects simulating aliens’ arrival on Earth. There are workshops with regional speakers renowned in the UFO community on how aliens contact humankind​, among other topics.

“I came all the way from France to see the intra-terrestrial city of ERKS, which is buried under this town,” said Monique Rasset, a yoga professor who has traveled to Capilla del Monte for 10 years. […]

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UFO Over Tucumán, Province – Argentina | VIDEO

UFO Over Tucumán, Argentina 1-18-16

By Inexplicata
1-18-16

     The video shows the flying object over the city of Yerba Buena (Tucumán Province). After a series of movements, it rises swiftly and disappears.

A video published on YouTube displays an alleged UFO in flight in the skies over the Province of Tucumán, more specifically the city of Yerba Buena. “A mighty UFO filmed over Yerba Buena this Monday at 21:15 hours,” said the reader who submitted the clip to Diario Contexto (newspaper) via WhatsApp.

“I recorded it from the 300 block of Aconquija Avenue. Another UFO passed by shortly, distancing itself quickly. The distance kept me from recording it,” he added.

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