SANTIAGO – The two crewmembers on board a Chilean navy helicopter confirmed on Wednesday their sighting of an unidentified flying object in November 2014 in the airspace over the ports of San Antonio and Quintera, in the Valparaiso region, using an infrared high-definition camera.
According to a navy communique, the UFO sighting was made by the crew of an Airbus Cougar AS-532, at about 1648 GMT, when the camera operator detected an unknown object flying at a constant speed ahead of the chopper.
The sighting was confirmed visually by the two crewmembers – the pilot and the camera operator – and they kept the unknown object in sight for more than 10 minutes.
The two navy men contacted Air Traffic Control, whose radar was unable to spot the object, and when they tried to communicate with the object using the radio frequency established for such operations, they received no reply.
The radar system of the Civil Aeronautics General Directorate was unable to spot the object, but it confirmed the absence of authorized air traffic near the helicopter.
Twice, the UFO seemed to emit a trail of some unidentified smoke or gas.
Some analysts suggest that the UFO was actually a medium-sized airplane and that the trail it emitted could have been water or some other liquid dumped by its crew.
However, weather officials said that the UFO was not at the proper altitude and the temperature was not in the proper range to cause that type of condensation.
The UFO ultimately disappeared among the clouds, the navy said in its statement.
The Research Committee on Anomalous Aerial Phenomena comprised of outstanding scientists, analysts and aeronautical experts examined the case and concluded that they would have to categorize the object as an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.
Chile ranks No. 5 in the world for UFO sightings, after the United States, Peru, Brazil and Russia.