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Argentina UFO Crash Mystery Continues

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 11:59:11 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 14:19:17 -0500
Subject: Argentina UFO Crash Mystery Continues

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
January 20, 2007

Source: El Tribuno
Date: January 20, 2007

Argentina: Mystery Continues Regarding UFO Crash On El Manzano


Police determined that the impact occured against one of the
peak's slopes at an altitude of 4200 meters and at 100 km from
QUijano. A team is heading out today with elements to rescue
persons living or dead.

A great mobilization of security personnel, media - domestic and
forein - and a growing rumor among the locals were the result of
the news concerning the collision of an Unidentified Flying
Object on mid-morning Thursday to the west of the Departments of
Rosario de Lerma and Chicoana.

The nature of the body  that collided against the slopes of the
El Manzano mountain is still undertermined, but numerous
witnesses claim having seen a fireball falling at high speed
against the Andean massif.

Dardo Gustavo Tolaba, chief of the Chicoana Sheriffs' Office,
claims that they managed to see the object. "We cannot say
exactly what it is, really. It could be an aircraft, perhaps
space junk, a meteorite or something unknown. The fact is that
we were able to focus on it with high resolution binoculars
during our approach and we managed to establish that it was
something large and metallic. We cannot dismiss the possibility
that it could be a manned object, so our duty is to reach the
goal and recover anyone there, dead or alive," said the officer.

It all started when Beatriz Prieto of the Las Palmas farm
informed police over the phone that an object had crashed. "It
looked like an airplane in flames," said the woman. Later, other
locals confirmed her report and added more details. "It exploded
when it hit ground," added numerous witnesses.

Victor Copa, head of Regional Unit 1, requested the object's
location via GPS. It was thus possible to define the point of
impact and ascertain that it was an artifical object. With this
information, a Civil Aviation airplane  took off early yesterday
to photograph it, but was unable to reach the appropriate
altitude and returned to the airport.

A team of rescuers and high mountain specialists composed of
four members of the Firefighting Division of the Provincial
Police and three gendarmes from Squadron 22 of San Antonio de
Los Cobres, as well as a backwoodsman sargeant first class, will
leave at 5 am today toward El Manzano to find the UFO that
crashed against its slopes. They will carry personal oxygen
equipment, radio gear and strechers for transporting the dead or
injured. The police group will be headed by Federico Delgado and
composed by corporal Marcelo Beas, a mountain rescue instructor,
corporal Esteban Romero and Agent Enrique Velez.

Accompanying them will be Sgt. Benito Barboza of the Rosario de
Lerma sheriffs' office, since he is a backwoodsman from the
Department of Los Andes. It is estimated that [reaching the
site] will take some 48 hours.

Yesterday morning, at the request of the Police, a Cessna 182 of
the Salta Aero Club piloted by Jorge McIntyre tried to reach the
site unsuccessfully. "This is a Civil Aeronautics Safety
committee that is constituted whenever cases of this type occur,
" said Javier Debenedetto, president of the Salta Aero Club. The
site in question was at an elevation higher than the Cessna's
flight ability. He said that the object is possibly "some space
junk, that's what we tend to believe. To be a plane it would
have to be a large one to fly at that altitude, since an
ultralight or light-engine plane cannot cross those peaks."


Translation (c) 2007, S. Corrales, IHU
Special thanks to Mercedes Casas

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