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A screenshot of a video from the Chilean Navy showing a strange signature in infrared.
Enlarge / A screenshot of a video from the Chilean Navy showing a strange signature in infrared.


The Ars Files takes a skeptical look at developments in the UFO community. Is the truth there? Could be. Maybe not. But we’re trying to find it here.

Early in the afternoon of November 14, 2014, a Chilean Navy pilot and technician were flying their helicopter along the coast when they saw something strange. They then headed north at an altitude of 1.4 km in a twin-engined Airbus Cougar something appeared in the air and matched their speed of 130 knots.

As part of the flight, which took place west of Santiago, the helicopter’s technician tested the thermal imaging capabilities of an infrared FLIR high-definition camera. Naturally, he aimed the camera at the unknown object. After several minutes, the pilot and technician saw the object make two different discharges of some kind of liquid or gas, which produced a very hot signal that was picked up by the infrared camera. The technician captured nearly 10 minutes of video showing both visible and infrared camera images.

After this sighting, the Navy turned the video over to the Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, known as CEFAA. This is the Chilean government group that investigates UFO sightings or Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. On Friday, after a study by scientists, military officials and even some photo analysis experts from France, the commission released its conclusion.

“The Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, made up of leading scientists, analysts and aeronautical engineers, after an extensive study of the matter, has determined that it was a UAP or unidentified aerial phenomenon,” the agency said in a press release. .

Full video of the Chilean helicopter

A US-based journalist who investigates UFOs, Leslie Kean, has interviewed some of the clients and has been given access to the files. She gave more details about the incident in a report for the Huffington Post, which she characterized as a “groundbreaking UFO video.”

We’re not ready to go that far yet, but the infrared video is intriguing. According to Kean, the French analysts explained the sighting as a medium-haul aircraft on approach to Santiago airport, with the heat signals due to sewage being dumped from the cabin. However, the Chilean commission rejected this explanation, as the “aircraft” in question had not been seen on primary radar. (While observing the object, the Chilean pilot radioed one air traffic control along the coast and another in Santiago, neither of which could detect an aircraft on the radar. There was also no aircraft in the area authorized to fly into Santiago. land.) In addition, the plume of heated material does not fall as one would expect from water or other material at an altitude of about 1 km above the surface.

Other hypotheses included falling pieces of space debris, which could potentially release compressed gases into a lower atmosphere, as well as a bird, flying insect, drone, parachute, hang glider, or some kind of fake video. Those hypotheses were ultimately rejected.

The significance of this sighting is that it was made by credible naval officers, lasted nearly 10 minutes, and involved observation in both the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum. While this falls far short of providing any evidence of aliens, it is nevertheless well documented and deserves extra attention, if only because the statement could reveal some sort of new US military stealth technology.

By akfire1

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