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Argentine Police Search For Strange Object

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 11:30:10 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 14:16:07 -0500
Subject: Argentine Police Search For Strange Object

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
January 20, 2007

Source: Planeta UFO and El Tribuno (Salta)
Date: 01.19.07

Argentina: Police Searches For Strange Object That Fell From


Rosario de Lerma and Chicoana/Numerous witnesses say it was a

Area combed for 6 hours in the El Puyil wilderness, but
nightfall brought operations to a close

Personnel from the sheriffs' offices of Campo Quijano and
Rosario de Lerma were looking - until 20:00 hours yesterday--
 for an unidentified flying object (UFO) that allegedly fell in
the mountains to the west of Rosario de Lima and Chicoana, in a
wilderness known as El Puyil.

Research activities began around 10:30 the day before, when a
woman identified as Beatriz Prieto nervously reported that "a
fireball, looking like an airplane in flames, fell into the

Her call was soon joined by dozens of others reporting the same,
adding that "whatever it was, it caused a great explosion when
it came into contact with the ground."

Victor Copa, sheriff inspector and chief of Provincial Police
Regional Unit 1, told El Tribuno that judging from the accounts
" all of this indicates that  whatever it was fell to earth from
space, impacting the jungle mountain ranges to the West of the
Departments of Chicoana and Rosario de Lerma, where the search
was concentrated."

Sources with the Direccion de Aviacion Civil and spokespersons
of the Argentinean Air Force in the "Martin Miguel de Guemes"
airport at El Aybal dismissed the possibility that an aircraft
could have been in flight over the area at the time. "We have no
flights recorded. There are no reports of missing planes or
anything similar."

Nonetheless, given the avalanche of phone calls and the
certainty that "something" crashed at El Puyil, the state
aeronautics entity sent a small plane to fly over the area,
although the effort was fruitless: the hills were covered by
dense low fog.

Dardo Gustavo Tolaba, head of the Chicoana deputy sheriff's
office, said: "We carried out a surface inspection and
observation with binoculars, but with no results due to poor
visibility. What's strange is that neither smoke nor land
disturbance were observed. It's clear that there was some
strange phenomenon [at work]," said the officer.

Moreover, the police sent a group of expeditionaries to
Corralito in Rosario de Lerma, where there were numerous
accounts from locals concerning the event. The team was made up
of 20 members of the Mounted Police, Canine and High-Risk
Operations Group (GOPAR), who combed the area for six hours
until nightfall. Tasks will begin at dawn once more.

Senior sub-officer  Osvaldo Mejia, Air Force officer of the day
at the Salta Airport, stated that "we recorded all of the
flights that were supposed to fly over the area, including
international ones, and all of them reached their destinations.
There was no contact with the control towers and a search of air
club records shows no missing planes. " The Salta Airport lacks
a radar, and for this reason each flight must present its flight
plan before take-off, showing the route and altitude to be
maintained during its flight.

The strange situation was double-checked with the Cordoba radar,
which also records airplane movements over the area where the
crash occurred. No anomalies were detected.


Translation (c) 2007. S. Corrales IHU
Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez

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