A classified video recently released by the Committee for the Study of Anomalous Air Phenomena (CEFAA) shows a UFO that was spotted between San Antonio and Quinteros.
The footage is from November 11th, 2014. According to reports, a team in a Chilean navy helicopter was conducting it’s usual daytime patrol when a crew member on board spotted something flying into their airspace. At this point the individual on board directed the helicopter’s infrared camera towards the object, and continued to film. A statement on the CEFAA website confirms this series of events:
“At 1:52 pm, while filming the terrain, the technician observed a strange object flying to the left over the ocean. Soon both men observed it with the naked eye. They noticed that the velocity and the altitude of the object appeared to be about the same as the helicopter, and estimated that the object was approximately 35 to 40 miles (55-65 km) away. It was traveling W/NW, according to the Captain. The technician aimed the camera at the object immediately and zoomed in with the infra red (IR) for better clarity.”
Further investigation of the event showed that the General Directorate of Civil Aviation in Santiago reported no additional air traffic in the region; there was no authorized flight aside from the the Chilean helicopter and they detected no other traces of aircraft on their radar.
The UAP (as referred to in the reports) appears at two “hot spots” that appear to be connected in some fashion. In certain parts of the footage, you can see a trail, or tail, following the object.
Researchers are also having a difficult time describing the appearance of the trails following the object.
“Some analysts have suggested the hypothesis that it is a medium-sized line aircraft and that the stelae of the detachable element may be the reserve water inside the apparatus, thrown by the crew. However, meteorology asserts that neither the altitude at which the object moved, nor the ambient temperature of that moment, allowed such a wake of condensation.”
Since the video went public, there have been plenty of theories on the alleged object. One of the most promising de-bunking theories comes from Mick West, an administrator at Metabunk.org. West describes two flights that were in the same area at the time, contrary to the original reports. LA330 (from Santiago to La Serena) and IB6830 are four-engine planes that are believed to be able to produce the same phenomena. As to why they weren’t caught on radar, Mick believes technicians were simply looking in the “wrong place”.
“At the time this was spotted (the very first sighting on the video, at 13:52:34) IB6830 was actually around 35 miles away. However it would very quickly get further away. By 13:57 IB6830 would be 65 miles away. This explain why it was not seen on radar (IB6830 was on radar, just not where they thought it was).”
Here’s the original footage from the Chilean Government:
Here’s Wests’s explanation of the UFO: