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SANTIAGO, Chile, Thursday January 12, 2017 – An apparently authentic nine-minute navy video of a UFO or UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena), studied by Chilean authorities for the last two years, has now been released to the public.
The Chilean government agency that investigates UFOs – CEFAA – was in charge of the investigation under the umbrella of the DGAC, the equivalent of the US Federal Aviation Administration.
None of CEFAA’s military experts, technicians and academics have been able to explain the object captured on video by two seasoned navy officers.
According to a Huffington Post report, the story unfolded on November 11, 2014, when a Chilean Navy helicopter was on a routine daytime patrol mission flying north along the coast, west of Santiago. On board were the pilot, an experienced navy captain, and a navy technician who was testing a WESCAM’s MX-15 HD Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR) camera, used most often for “medium-altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.”
At 1:52 pm, the technician noticed a strange object flying to the left over the ocean. Soon both men observed it with the naked eye. They noticed that the speed and altitude of the object appeared to be about the same as the helicopter, and estimated that the object was approximately 35 to 40 miles away.
The technician trained the camera on the object immediately and zoomed in with the infra red (IR).
The pilot then contacted two radar stations – one close by on the coast, and the other the main DGAC control system in Santiago – to report the unknown traffic. Despite the fact that the object was well within the range of radar detection, neither station could detect it on radar, although both easily picked up the helicopter.
The on-board radar was also unable to detect the object and the camera’s radar could not lock onto it.
The pilot made several attempts to communicate with the UAP, using the multinational civilian bandwidth designed for this purpose, and received no reply.
The technician filmed the object for nine minutes and twelve seconds, mainly in IR, which produces a black and white video in which the black, white and grey tones are directly related to temperature. Filming ceased when the object disappeared behind clouds.
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The footage was immediately turned over to the CEFAA, and its then director, General Bermúdez, along with nuclear chemist Mario Avila, a CEFAA scientific committee member, conducted interviews with the two officers at their navy base. Both officers also provided written reports.
According to the navy captain, the object was a “flat, elongated structure” with “two thermal spotlights like discharges that did not coincide with the axel of motion.” The technician described it as “white with a semi-oval shape on the horizontal axis.
“In two instances it discharged some type of gas or liquid with a high thermal track or signal,” the technician added.
Over the next two years, meetings were held with members of the baffled CEFAA scientific committee. According to CEFAA international affairs director Jose Lay, the general tone of the meetings was astonishment. No agreement could be reached to explain the video.
And there was no evidence of hoaxing or video tampering.
Air Force photo analysts confirmed that the object was a real, three dimensional form with volume and that it “has control in its movements.” It was not affected by the winds, reflected the light, and threw out “some kind of energy.”
“It can be concluded that the object has all the characteristics to be classified as an unidentified aerial phenomenon,” wrote Alberto Vergara, the lead analyst from the Air Force Photogrammetric Department.