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Volume 6
Number 8
February 22, 2001

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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Two airborne jetliners spotted a giant silver UFO hovering at an altitude of 18,000 meters (60,000 feet) near the city of Antofagasta in northern Chile.

"A feeling of disquiet and consternation spread over much of Chile's Second Region , including large cities such as Calama and Antofagasta, due to the sighting of an unidentified flying object around 11 a.m. yesterday," i.e. Friday, February 16, 2001.

"The phenomenon was even observed by commercial aircraft when air-space trajectories (flight paths--J.T.) brought them close to it."

""Witnesses identified it as a small silver dot towards the west of El Loa's provincial capital," Antofagasta, "which remained initially still and with a swinging motion"

"Many tried to see but were themselves thwarted in the pursuit of this goal as the object was some distance from the city. Nonetheless, others were able to see it both unaided and with binoculars."

"While the phenomenon took place, the air traffic control personnel from the Cerro Moreno Airport were on the lookout and followed the UFO's movements 6through accounts from airline pilots who flew at a certain distance from the object."

"Reports from Cerro Moreno indicated that two of the three airliners crossing the city while the phenomenon was taking place" witnessed the object. These were LAN-Chile Flight 560 and Avant Airlines Flight 471.

"The event, which took place at around 11 a.m., had a total duration of between 20 and 30 minutes, being first noticed by LAN-Chile Flight 560 after establishing visual contact with a shiny, oval object of incredible size. This was immediately relayed to the Air Traffic Control Center in Santiago de Chile, (the national capital--J.T.) The service personnel" in Santiago "picked up the observed phenomenon on their radar screens, which have nationwide coverage."

"The phenomenon was also seen in Calama, having been picked up by the local airport's control tower since 10:45 a.m. The description given was that of an oval, shiny object, which does not stray very far from the description given by the Cerro Moreno airport's officials."

"According to the official statement produced by the Cerro Moreno Airport officials, the object was seen 64 kilometers (30 miles) north of Mejillones, a town northeast of Antofagasta, and was 18,000 meters (60,000 feet) high."

Avant Airlines Flight 471, "Flying between Calama and Antofagasta, reported the object to the regional capital's air facility."

"According to the air facility's functionaries, the UFO was 'flattened and elongated, like two plates facing each other,' and was seen 120 kilometers (72 miles) north-northwest of Antofagasta at Vector 350."

"Airport personnel explained that 'Radar systems filter information, otherwise even cars could show up onscreen as well as (air) traffic moving slower than the stipulated speed.'"

"Nelson Lope, Cerro Moreno's airport manager, confirmed the object's presence and noted that two (commercial) flights flying over the (Pacific) ocean picked up the apparition without being able to determine its identify. He added that the airspace occupied by the UFO contained heavy clouds, which did not allow for a more objective interpretation. However, he discarded the weather balloon theory given that the object 'was very high u, some calculations put it at 18,000 meters (60,000 feet). Perhaps a large balloon could reach this altitude, but no agency claimed credit for any such balloon launching. Both ESO (European Southern Observatory at Cerro Paranal--S.C.) and as well as a mining company near Calama near Calama always notify us before a balloon probe is launched.'"

"Despite the fact that the object was seen by a number of locals, the agency's radar system did not pick it up due to the fact that" the airport's radar system was undergoing "maintenance at the time when the phenomenon was taking place, an event which hampered the system's 'viewing capacity,' according to Lope."

""Although he claimed not to know the exact time that the object was in the sky, he noted that the sighting lasted up to 30 minutes" and the object was a good distance away, "'some 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Mejillones,

more or less.'"

"The UFO was tracked by radar operators of the Fifth Air Brigade of the Fuerzas Aereas de Chile (FACh or Chilean Air Force--J.T.) based at Cerro Moreno, which is right outside of Antofagasta." (See the newspapers La Estrella del Loa for February 17, 2001, "UFO seen from Calama and Antofagasta," and El Mercurio of Calama for February 17, 2001, "Pilots see UFO over Antofagasta." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico, y tambien Gloria Coluchi para esos articulous de diario.)


As of this week, more residents of Saenz Pena," a city in northern Argentina, "will turn their attention heavenwards at night, due to the phenomenon witnessed by residents of the Oro Blanco sector, who claim having seen a strange light in the sky since Tuesday last," i.e. February 6, 2001.

"In an effort to identify the alleged UFO, residents of Resistencia," a barrio adjacent to Oro Blanco, "have added themselves to the effort visiting the city's air traffic control tower to identify the object from that location."

"It has become a tradition in Oro Blanco to wait for the flying object's passing--resembling a large luminous ball flying at low altitude and speed, making movements which are not typical of aircraft or other known vehicles. These characteristics arise from the testimony of locals who have been frequent witnesses to the passage of the UFOs and whose stories have appeared in our Norte de Chaco newspaper."

"At midnight on Saturday," February 10, 2001, "a group of residents of Oro Blanco, a neighborhood located behind the city's sports complex, gathered to view the luminous object but the heavy overcast hampered their viewing. In spite of this, they watched the sky and will meet again today and in the coming days to scan the skies once more."

"These UFO sightings were allegedly confirmed by one employee of the airport control tower, who also lives in Oro Blanco. He reportedly told his neighbors that the city's air facility has been receiving phone calls since last Tuesday from persons asking if the strange lights are those of an airplane." (See the newspaper Norte de Chaco for February 12, 2001, "New UFO account from Saenz Pena." Otra vez, muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para eso articulo de diario.)


Malaysia's UFO flap entered its fourth week with the sighting of a dark round UFO over a street in Rawang.

On Friday, February 16, 2001, at 6:51 a.m., student Owen K. was walking from his apartment to the college campus in Rawang, Sealngor, Gombak province, Malaysia when he spotted the silent hovering UFO. He reported, "I don't really believe in UFOs but now I have seen it with a pair of my own eyes, and I believe now"

"This morning I woke up and traveled to college. Going up a dark road, I saw that an object was trying to land. It was lit up with a lot of lights. A moment later, the object had just disappeared into void and it was gone in a second. When I looked again, it was gone."

"It was a dark object, round in shape, with many lights. For sure, it was not an aircraft or an airplane" because "a plane is always moving and it cannot stay in the air without moving." (Email Form Report)


"Evidence of extraterrestrial life may have been caught on camera in Lynton," North Devon, UK.

"The sighting of strange lights spinning through the night sky was caught on video camera by an amateur photographer."

"Jo Sherlock has described her close encounter with the UFO, which happened on Thursday, January 23, 2001, as a strange experience that left her 'feeling weird' and her camera batteries low."

(Editor's Comment: Perhaps Jo Sherlock is a distant relative of a certain Georgie who lived at 22B Baker Street, London a century ago.)

"She said, 'My son was outside having a cigarette when he called me, saying there were some lights in the sky. So I went out with my cameras because I never go out without them.'"

"'There were lots of very bright green and blue in the dark sky. I had my still camera around my neck, and the flash went off three times, without me touching it.'"

(Editor's Comment: The objects' electromagnetic field must have interacted with the camera's electronics.)

"'I felt really weird, and I thought, Where am I? even though I was standing in my garden. The object got closer and it started to spin like a catherine wheel (a top--J.T.) standing up vertically, and spinning around flat (horizontally) like in the movies. It then went away from me, stopped spinning, and got really small.'"

"Jo claimed that when she went back outside after briefly going into the house, the wind was blowing heavily when previously the sky had been quite calm."

"The feeling she received from seeing the lights, which she filmed all the while, disturbed her most of all. She said, 'I just did not feel myself, I thought it was getting to me. They say some people have out-of-body experiences when they see these lights but it was not like that.

I can't really explain it all.'"

Afterwards, Ms. Sherlock noticed that her "camera batteries were flat (low), a level they should not have reached so quickly." The power drain was unexplainable. (See the North Devon Journal for February 15, 2001, "Lights in the sky leave Jo feeling 'weird.'" Many thanks to Gerry Lovell for forwarding this newspaper article.)


"Last week, a (UFO) sighting videotaped in Bonsall was reported by the Daily Mail, Channel Five and the BBC News. A German TV firm would like to film a documentary. Now the Mercury has received another close encounter, the 20th sighting since the first back in September (2000)."

"Paul Hannan, 37, of Yeld Close, Bakewell, saw a dome-shaped object at around 8 p.m. on Saturday," February 3, 2001.

"'It was between Youlgrave and Over-Haddon,' he said, 'More or less on the Manchester flight path. I shouted to my wife, 'Look at this bright light out here!' She went to get my binoculars.'"

"Mr. Hannan, who saw a similar object in Bakewell during the 1990s, said the craft was a brilliant white light in the sky."

"Through the binoculars, he could see the light gradually fade and the object get progressively smaller.."

"'After that, you could still see something with the naked eye,' he remarked."

"'Through the binoculars, you could see a light around it, as though it were illuminated from within and only faintly, but enough to distinguish the shape of it.'"

"'When I saw the light, it wasn't moving. But after the light faded, it seemed to be dancing in the sky. I didn't see any color but I could definitely make out a shape. Then it moved to the left and just completely disappeared.'"

"Mr. Hannan says he believes the UFOs are manned by alien visitors but is unsure why they are here."

"'It could be something to do with water,' he mused, 'That is a valuable asset within the universe. I think the Government has been working with them for years, Area 51 and all that. Jets were sent up to intercept them but they just disappeared. I don't think there's anything we can do.'"

"The 21st sighting surrounds a Wirksworth couple who saw a large blue light with an orange tail which shot across the sky."

"The man, who refused to be identified, was going for a walk with his girlfriend on Summer Lane at about 7:15 p.m. last Thursday," February 8, 2001, "when they saw the bright light."

"He said, "At first I thought it was a plane crashing. It is the funniest (strangest--J.T.) thing I have ever seen. It had an orange glowing tail out the back of it. But it was far too fast for a plane.'"

"'My friend also saw it. He going from Alfreton to Tansley and stopped his car to look,'" the witness added. (See the Matlock Mercury for February 15, 2001, "Close encounters continue in Dales." Many thanks to Gerry Lovell for this newspaper article.)


"A full-scale emergency to search for a crashed plane was launched" on Tuesday night, February 13, 2001, off the coast of Northern Ireland.

"Troops and RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary--J.T.) joined ambulance crews and RAF helicopters after two people were reported dead in a light aircraft accident."

"They rushed to the scene at a remote mountain near Kinawley," Northern Ireland, "on the Fermanagh border."

"Hospital staff at Enniskillen were at emergency standby."

"The emergency was called off late (Tuesday) night after four hours."

"A schoolboy is believed to have reported seeing fire and heavy smoke after he said a plane hit the mountain."

"St. Angelo Airport at Enniskillen said all its planes had been accounted for."

"The ambulance spokesman said, 'A light aircraft was seen falling from the sky. We immediately sent two ambulances and the other emergency services were also there. We were led to believe there were two people aboard the aircraft.'"

"Later the spokesman said they had used heat-heat-seeking equipment to scan the area but had found nothing. He added, 'Well, at the moment, it would be fair to say it looks like a hoax,'"

"The (supposed) crash site was just a few miles from where rally champion Bertie Fisher's helicopter went down last month," i.e. in January 2001. (See the Daily Mirror for February 15, 2001, "Plane crash emergency 'hoax.'" Many thanks to Gerry Lovell for this newspaper article.)


On Thursday, February 8, 2001, a woman in Gloucester, UK reported, "My extremely sensible son was watching a police helicopter between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. when 'a large green ball' suddenly flew low across the sky and directly under the helicopter that was hovering over Fainswick Road roundabout (rotary in the USA--J.T.) It seemed to have appeared from (behind) a flock of pigeons. Its passage appeared to have disturbed their roost, as they do not fly in the dark."

The green UFO approached from the north-northwest. (Many thanks to Cosmic Conspiracies for this report.)


"The odd lights continue to baffle many, but a new theory has begun to gel in response to the latest report of bright lights in the night sky" above Rockford, Illinois.

""Several sources speculated Tuesday that orange and gold gleaming orbs spotted Saturday," February 10, 2001, "were helium balloons carrying flares or candles, likely launched from someone's backyard as a novelty or prank."

"More than 40 people, some from as far away as Byron and Caledonia, contacted the Register-Star to relate accounts of a phenomenon that started New Year's Eve 1999" and has returned several times since.

"Lee Carlson said four amber-colored lights floated past his Hillcrest Road house on a flight path from Gregory Elementary School across Newbury Road and past A.C. Thompson Elementary School."

"'I heard them pop as they went by and saw them slowly burn out,' said Carlson, who suspects the balloons landed near the U.S. Post Office or Harrison Sunstrand headquarters on Harrison Avenue."

"Kathy Webb, wife of RVC theatre director Mike Webb, said she watched from campus Saturday as a dozen lights slowly proceeded to form the letters J, A, X and U."

"''I think they're aliens,' she said, 'But I don't think they're coming to hurt us. I think they're just observing, to see what our lives are like compared to theirs.'"

One who disagreed with the alien theory was "Duane Ingram, a physics and astronomy professor at Rocky Valley College (RVC)" who "said he doubts from descriptions he's heard that people were watching stars, constellations or planets."

"Ingram said juvenile hijinks seem a more plausible explanation. Such tricks could include lasers shot against low clouds on dry nights or items attached to helium balloons, such as flashlights or flares."

"'Let's see...on Saturday night? Come on!' he said."

"Federal Aviation Agency spokeswoman Liz Isham Cory confirmed Tuesday that nothing unusual showed up on radar Saturday , including at the Greater Rockford Airport."

"But she said that operators at the Quad Cities control tower saw bright lights that coincided with the January 11 (2001) rash of reports in Rockford."

(Editor's Note: The "Quad Cities" include Rock Island, Illinois; Moline, Illinois,; Bettendorf, Iowa and Davenport, Iowa.)

"'These lights seem to have a seasonal pattern,' she said, 'They appear on cold, clear nights they have done so at the beginning of the year.'"

"Peter B. Davenport, director of the UFO Reporting Center in Washington (state), a non-profit organization that posts sightings from persons across the country including Rockford, said local reports 'don't appear to be consistent with extraterrestrial craft,' mostly because of their slow travel speed."

"'I suspect some human being is behind this,' he said." (See the Rockford, Ill. Register-Star for February 14, 2001, "Probably balloonist behind night lights." Many thanks to Kenny Young of Cincinnati UFO Research for sending this newspaper article.)


On Sunday, February 11, 2001, at 6 p.m., M.C. was driving on Loop Highway 323 in Tyler, Texas (population 17,000) when he and his friend spotted some unusual objects approaching from the west.

"I was with a friend, and she spotted the lights first," he reported, "There were two triangular/rounded dark objects in the sky moving very slowly. There was another one just a little further ahead, and it was a little to the west of the other two."

"The objects moved slowly easterly and then made an almost 90-degree turn northward. Then another object was sighted approaching, following the same flight path as the others. It appeared to be lower than the other three. As it approached, we thought we'd be able to get a better view. But before it was close enough for us to see better, it began rising and falling slowly in the same path as those others in a northerly direction. But as it got closer to the others, it also slowed."

"We were able to watch the objects for almost 20 minutes until they were out of sight."

"They were dark or black, shaped like a triangle but with rounded edges. They appeared to be very high in the night sky." (Email Form Report)


On Wednesday, February 14, 2001, Cristy C. and her mother were driving near Central Avenue and the Petroglyphs National Monument on the west side of Albuquerque, New Mexico when they unexpectedly encountered a UFO.

"We were coming from" a local mall "at about 6:05 p.m.. I saw this red thing shoot up and spin really fast. I tried to tell my mom, and she freaked" when she saw it. "It then turned orange-yellow and then went high and disappeared. Now this happened near Petroglyphs National Monument." (Many thanks to Australian ufologist/researcher Barry Taylor for this email report.)


Remember that weird brown goop that fell from the sky in Pennsylvania a

couple of years ago?
Well, it's back!

"A foul-smelling brown substance has been raining down on a Polk County neighborhood and neither residents nor county health officials know what it is."

"The theories range from bird droppings to to airplane litter to pollen or even emissions from nearby industries. All the residents along a four-block area of Cimarron Drive in south Lakeland know is the stuff is coating cars, driveways and picnic tables."

"'I don't see any birds or planes,' said neighbor Demetra Kaitsos, 'I don't get where it's coming from. It doesn't wash out good. It's ruining my clothes and everything.'"

"Polk County officials are investigating. Samples were sent to a laboratory on Thursday," February 15, 2001, "but results are not expected for several days, said Gene Jeffers, an environmental engineering administrator for the Polk County Health Department."

"Jeffers said the stuff could be coming from nearby orange groves or be airborne muck from wildfires burning south of Mulberry, Florida."

"In the meantime, neighbors are trying to stay clean and safe."

"''I can't even go into my backyard because the stuff is falling from the sky everywhere, and it's disgusting,' Kaitsos said, 'I don't know if it's going to be hazardous to my kids.'" (See the Miami Herald for February 16, 2001, "Mysterious brown smelly stuff raining on Lakeland neighborhood." Many thanks to Steve Wilson and Gerry Lovell for this newspaper article.)


A California radio enthusiast claims to have picked up a secret test of the top-secret HAARP system on Saturday, February 17, 2001.

Marshall Smith stated that he was tuning in to frequency 3.390 megaherz (MHz) when "HAARP began testing with greatly increased full power."

The USA Defense Department has stated that the HAARP array, almost a forest of radio masts located in Gakona, Alaska, is a facility for high-energy physics experiments. However, some people in the UFO community believe that HAARP is the "jewel in the crown" of a NATO "Star Wars" anti-UFO defense system.

"Very early this morning (Saturday, February 17), about 2 a.m., HAARP could be heard at its old usual signal strength," Smith reported, "At 3 a.m., the signal changed both its pulse timing and inter-pulse spacing. At 4:30 a.m., the signal strength suddenly increased tremendously."

Unlike on previous occasions, he added, "There was no F-layer fade out when the sun rose here in California at 6:45 a.m. I have never heard the HAARP signal during the daytime before."

Because the signal remained strong during daylight, Smith theorized that "this is an extremely powerful groundwave signal and I was receiving the 'leakage' off the lobes of the antenna."

HAARP's power strength is said to be 350 megawatts, but Smith's guesstimate was that Saturday's signal was powered by an electrical output that could be measured in gigawatts. )Many thanks to Rev. Billy Dee and Steve Wilson for this report.)

(Editor's Comment: Next question: Could the HAARP test have anything to do with the sudden sharp upsurge in UFO sightings last week?)


NASA announced a change of plans Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 2001, changing the landing site of the space shuttle Atlantis from Florida to California.

High winds and continuing bad weather at the Kennedy Space Center landing strip in Cape Canaveral, Florida delayed the original landing, which had been planned for Sunday, February 18, and also on Monday, February 19. The crew of Atlantis is in no danger as the shuttle has enough food, water and breathable air to remain in orbit until Wednesday.

The delay has been the only glitch in an otherwise picture-perfect Atlantis mission.

On Monday, February 12, 2001, astronauts Thomas Jones and Robert Curbeam "ventured out on another spacewalk and spruced up the sparkling new Destiny science laboratory on the International Space Station."

Jones and Curbeam "installed the electronic base for a large robot arm that will be added to the space station in April (2001). They strung a slide wire along the length of the 28-foot (7-meter) lab for use by future construction workers, and they wired up a shuttle docking port on the end of the lab."

On Tuesday, February 13, 2001, Jones and Curbeam "floated outside space shuttle Atlantis, performing chores on the International Space Station." This was the 100th spacewalk by astronauts of the USA.

Curbeam and Jones "continued the string of space romps that started in 1965 with Edward White's 21-minute spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission."

(Editor's Note: Younger readers, in those days spacewalks were known as extra-vehicular activities or EVAs.)

On Thursday, February 15, 2001, "space shuttle Atlantis astronauts gave one final orbit-raising lift to the International Space Station and hauled over the last batch of supplies."

"All that remained for the two crews were goodbyes and the shuttle's morning departure."

"The space station commander, Bill Shepherd, said he regrets not having had more time to socialize with the astronauts of the space shuttle."

"'The toughest thing is to see folks kind of coming and going for a week and not really having any down time to sit there and relax,' Shepherd said, ''We did a little bit of yakking last night. It was very good.'"

"He said he planned to inaugurate the space station's new DVD player Thursday night in his first spare time since the Atlantis's arrival last Friday," February 9, 2001, "with the $1.4 billion science laboratory."

"The shuttle crew delivered the DVD player along with about 20 movies and 3,000 pounds of supplies."

(Editor's Comment: It just struck me that history is being made aboard Station Alpha. Whoever's face first appears in the first movie played on the station's new DVD machine has the distinction of becoming the first actor or actress to perform in a drama or comedy shown outside the bounds of Earth's atmosphere. In addition, Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalyov are the first audience of humans to watch a movie away from Earth.)

Atlantis also "left the space station in a much higher orbit."

"Atlantis's thrusters repeatedly were fired this week to raise the shuttle/station complex. The end result was an average altitude of 237 miles (379 kilometers), 16 miles (25 kilometers) higher than before." (See USA Today for February 13, 2001, "Astronauts get Destiny ready to go," page 7A; February 15, 2001, "Astronauts complete 100th spacewalk," page 3A; and February 20, 2001, "Atlantis homecoming delayed again, reset for today," page 3A. Also the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for February 17, 2001, "Atlantis leaves space station in a higher orbit," page 3A.

From the UFO Files...


During the 1950s and early 1960s, there were many cases in which the UFO occupants were human beings, amazingly like the people here on Earth. One of the most interesting cases involving these "Space Brothers" or "Off-World Humans" (OWH) took place in the town of Santa Maria, in Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil.

"In March 1954, a Brazilian named Rubem Hellwig, of German origin, encountered a small craft, not of this world, and spoke with its occupants."

"The machine (UFO) shaped like a melon or rugby football, was of about the size of a Volkswagen car, was standing not far from the road on which Hellwig was driving at 5 p.m. He stopped and walked over. The crew were two men of slim build, about a metre, 60 centimetres (6 feet) in height, their faces brownish and they were not wearing helmets. One was inside the machine, and the other was collecting specimens of grass."

"They spoke to Hellwig in a strange language and yet somehow he says he understood what they asked, which was where they could get some ammonia. He directed them to a nearby town. With blue and yellow flames and great luminosity, the craft vanished silently and instantly."

"The next day, early, he met what seemed to be the same machine again, but this time with a different crew, a tall, fair-complexioned man and two women with light brown skin, long silky black hair and large dark slant eyes. All three were clad alike in one-piece brown garments (coveralls) resembling suede, with zippers. This party said they were scientists, spoke enthusiastically of the natural riches of Brazil and were enthralled that, unlike the other folk whom they had seen, Hellwig did not flee from them in fear."

"Hellwig stated, in his account to the newspaper, that these people could all easily pass here as Earth natives." (See the book The Humanoids, Henry Regnery Co., Chicago, Ill. 1969, pages 91 and 92.)

This wraps up one of the busiest UFO weeks we've had in a while. Not only are the Argentina and Malaysia flaps still going strong, we have an upsurge in UFO activity in UK and Chile. It'll be interesting to see what the coming week brings. In addition, there was an earthquake in El Salvador last week measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale. Maybe that Hindu astrologer in Ahmedabad was right about it being "earthquake season." Anyway, join us next week for more UFO and paranormal news from around the planet Earth, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you then.

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