inexplicata - The fact that my organization, FAO (Fundacion Argentina de Ovnilogia) can rely on the assistance of over a hundred people distributed across the country, whether as collaborators, consultants or correspondents, places us at a great advantage in securing instant UFO information. In earlier times, we would learn of cases by mail weeks later, or by phone when the service was operational. An example of this can be seen in the Province of Salta, where researcher and private pilot Tony Galvagno, known for spearheading investigations into the 1995 Salta UFO Crash, which prompted his small plane to plummet from the air [...]
This morning we received an urgent call from Tony, saying that the transit of a “flying cigar” overhead with flashing intermittent lights and a red beacon on its structure, had caused an enormous BLACKOUT in the town of Joaquin V. Gonzalez, where he lives, as well as in adjacent communities, some 20 minutes after having appeared. Practically the entire department of Anta had “collapsed” as far as its power grid was concerned. Dozens of residents reported seeing the UFO after 0100 hours today (Thursday, November 26) on a hot and stormy night. The final trajectory of this object was south-southwest, in other words toward El Tunal, some 35 kilometers from Joaquin V. Gonzalez and bordering the Pasaje Juramento River. As hours went by, Salta’s power company (ENDESA) could not find a cause for the blackout until the light returned around noon yesterday, but telephone service remained out of order. Early in the afternoon, a “burned-out turbine” was found at the El Tunal power station. In other words, along the UFOs heading.
In this state of affairs, and given the magnitude of the events, we made the pertinent contacts with [INEXPLICATA contributing editor] Guillermo Gimenez being among the first to learn of the situation. Phone calls were made to and from Salta, confirming the manifestation of a large UFO. The regional and national press was informed, and their morning editions have probably prepared new information as communications are reestablished. Certainly El Tribuno and Salta’s Diario Popular will carry the story.
UPDATE: Giant UFO Causes Commotion in Salta
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 generator”
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.”
UPDATE: UFO Turns Out the Lights in a Salta Community
The luminous flying object cross the skies of a town in the province of Salta. After it vanished, the locality was plunged into darkness and telephone service was interrupted. Service was restored nine hours later.
Yesterday at 2:00 a.m., a town in Salta with a population of nearly 20,000 residents known as Joaquin V. Gonzalez was left without electricity and cut off from telephone service. Local residents claim that it was all caused by an unidentified flying object (UFO)
At that time, and in that distant region of Salta, a luminous, elongated UFO crossed the skies with a southeasterly heading toward El Tunal. The object had intermittent, flashing lights and a fixed red beacon. The area was plunged into darkness shortly afterwards.
“It was terribly hot. Some people were eating ice cream while others sat around the outdoor tables of local restaurants,” said one witness.“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.”
Luis Burgos, a UFO expert, told Diario Popular that the “blackout occurred 14 to 20 minutes after the object was seen over Joaquin V. Gonzalez, and just as it hovered above the El Tunal power station. He explained that the object 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].”
UPDATE: Speculation About UFOs Over Salta and Perú - Is First Contact Imminent?
Daily newspapers of the Salta locality of Anta stated that in the early hours of Thursday, witnesess claimed seeing a flying object shaped like a luminous cigar. In Perú, a UFO flotilla showed itself over Lima.
CITY OF BUENOS AIRES (Urgente 24) - Daily newspapers of the Salta locality of Anta stated that in the early hours of Thursday, witnesess claimed seeing a flying object shaped like a luminous cigar.
The publication reports that “the Department of Anta was plunged into darkness in early morning hours yesterday following an interruption of electric power produced at the same time that dozens of witnesses claimed having seen a UFO plowing the skies over Joaquin V. Gonzalez.”
Similar statements were received from the districts of San Nicolas, San Cayetano, Malvinas Argentinas and the downtown area, and witnesses appealed to the news media at noon yesterday, once services had been restored, to provide their version of the events.
Daniel Barboza, director of Radio UNO, told Diario El Tribuno that “the lights went out around two in the morning. The night was hot, cloudy and the lightning bolts threatened to unleash a storm that never came, as only a light drizzle fell. For this reason we initially attributed the power interruption to weather conditions.”
“But today (meaning yesterday morning) residents from all of the districts came to the radio station to tell us about the sighting of a strange craft just at the same time that the electricity and other services were interrupted.”
He further reported that “according to all accounts, the craft was enormous, shaped like a cigar and completely illuminated. Residents claimed that it flew over the power plant area for a few seconds. The fact that people from various points of the city agreed on the description of the UFO attracted our attention, so we commenced our own investigation.”
Barboza added: “At first, we explored the reasons for the power outage, which is unusual in this locality, and rarely happens. if it happens, the power company provides advance notce for residents to take measures. Until today at noon (meaning yesterday), the local branch of the company had no explanation whatsoever. It is necessary to add to this the interruption of other services: water, phone, etcetera.” He further noted: “According to witnesses, the interruption could be due to the action of an electromagnetic field emanating from the craft, and which affected the station. But these are only conjectures.”
Antonio Galvagno, a commercial pilot and a member of the Fundacion Argentina de Ovnilogia (FAO), explained to local media that “according to all accounts, [the sighting] involved a mothership, cigar-type, elongated, completely illuminated by flash-type lights that ranged from white to red, which is unusual in this sort of craft. The UFO was seen in the northern part of the locality, toward El Tunal. What was most curious about the event was that this is the place where the electric utility detected a burned-out turbine, according to the information that was disseminated by the local media.”
UFOs Over Lima
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Eight alleged unidentified flying objects (UFOs) were seen in the skies over Lima and were a source of astonishment to dozens of people going about their business in downtown Lima.
According to Peru 21, three luminous objects were involved at first, forming a perfect triangular formation in the sky.
The dots then began to move and multiply, eliminating the possibility that stars or balloons could be involved.
In the end, eight luminous objects formed an octagon in the sky. People stopped to look, raising their heads and looking at the bizarre spectacle in amazement.
UPDATE: Salta and the 1995 “UFO Crash”
It’s very hard to impress upon readers the level of UFO and high-strangeness activity that has characterized the Salta region for over half a century. A cursory glance at any of the maps provided with the news items provided with the most recent UFO blackout of Joaquin V. Gonzalez and its environs will reveal the names of adjacent communities that have appeared again and again in connection with the phenomenon: cattle mutilations, monsters, ghosts, UFO sightings, landings and contact experiences, human disappearances...far from being merely a “hot-spot” or a “flap area”, the province of Salta is a place where the line between the mundane and the extramundane has been permanently blurred.
In 1997 I wrote an article with information kindly provided by researcher Guillermo Aldunati concerning UFO activity in this region, and particularly an incident that is referred to (as recently as this week, in relation to the blackouts) as the “Argentinean Roswell”, as one of the incident’s protagonists has gone on to become a respected researcher in his own right, and a key member of the FAO organization. You have seen his name mentioned in these dispatches: Antonio Galvagno.
On August 17, 1995, Mr. Galvagno was having lunch with his wife at a quarter to two in the afternoon when a deafening explosion shattered the silence of the otherwise peaceful region. Thinking at first that it could be a massive earthquake, he and his fellow townspeople were startled to see a column of smoke rising into the air. This made them think immediately of an airliner collision or a meteorite impact.
As a civilian aviator involved in crop dusting, Galvagno did not hesitate to avail himself of his ultralight biplane to take a closer look at the impact area and check for survivors. The source of the smoke was in a vast, mountainous area known as the Serranía Colorada, and as he approached he was able to see that the pillar of black smoke was sooty and contained metal particles. His flyover was fruitless and he returned home. But far from being a quitter, he renewed his surveys of the collision area for two weeks.
Shortly after the event, according to his story, Mr. Galvagno had meeting with members of the National Gendarmerie, who sternly cautioned him to desist from his research. The warning was also extended to other local residents involved in getting to the bottom of the strange affair. But by now, the Argentinean news media had taken an interest in the matter, and journalists had been dispatched from Buenos Aires to distant Salta to cover the story. No official explanation was ever issued by the authorities and all that remains is a five hundred meter wide, five-kilometer long burn mark. According to a recent statement by Mr. Galvagno, “vegetation never grew in the area again, and it remains cordoned off to this day due to national security reasons,” in the words of both the Gendarmerie and the Argentinean Air Force.
Meteor fragments and military space debris have also found their way to this peaceful and remote part of the world. Southern Bolivia, to the north of Salta, is also remembered for the 1979 crash near the community of Tarija.
UPDATE: Salta UFO
(7:38 am, 11.28.09) The following information was just received from Luis Burgos, director of the Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogia (FAO):
1) The number of witnesses to the event now surpasses one hundred.
2) All of them agree that the object was "cigar-shaped", was self-luminous and of considerable size.
3) No photos or videos are known to exist AS OF YET.
4) 40 kilometers from town, a row of 5 low voltage street lights were found completely carbonized in their upper section, their wires burned and shorted out. The light posts have 35 meters (114 feet) of separation between them, which suggests that the element causing the situation acted over a strip of no less than 140 meters (1500 feet) across.
NOTE: as new information comes forth, I'll post an update...Lon
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