Leading UFO researcher and reporter Leslie Kean reports that Chilean authorities have released a remarkable, 9-minute video of an apparent UFO, recorded by two officers aboard a Chilean Navy helicopter. This video is being released after a 2-year investigation by the Comité de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos (CEFAA), the Chilean government’s UFO investigative agency, and the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), Chile’s equivalent to the FAA. Despite having been thoroughly investigated by these agencies, their experts were unable to provide an explanation as to what the object in question is.
The sighting occurred on November 11, 2014, by the crew of an Airbus Cougar AS-532 helicopter during a routine patrol mission along the Chilean coast. The aircraft’s crew, consisting of an experienced navy captain and technician, were testing new WESCAM MX-15 HD Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR) imaging equipment, when the crew spotted an object that was pacing their helicopter, matching their speed and altitude. They immediately trained the infrared equipment on the object for a better look.
The infrared image of the object did indeed provide a clearer perspective: according to the captain’s description, the object appeared as a “flat, elongated structure” with “two thermal spotlights like discharges that did not coincide with the axel of motion.” This indicates that the object had two areas that were giving off intense heat, along with an "envelope" of heat that surrounded the entire object, as evidenced in the video.
Eight minutes into the encounter, the object did something unexpected: it released a contrail of hot material, with the resulting plumes being readily visible in infrared, “In two instances it discharged some type of gas or liquid with a high thermal track or signal,” according to the technician. To the naked eye, the trails simply blended in with the clouds in the background, meaning they would likely have been missed entirely if the crew did not have IR equipment.
Despite the object’s clear IR signature, it failed to appear on both the helicopter’s radar, and on the radar of two other ground tracking facilities. Air traffic control also confirmed that no other aircraft were reported in the area. The helicopter’s captain also attempted to communicate with the object via radio, but he received no reply.
This case is remarkable not only for the behavior exhibited by the object, but also for the quality of the evidence, both from expert eyewitness, and the high-quality recordings made of the object. “It is our first video taken with a sophisticated camera in the infra red; the first time we have ever seen the ejection of a substance from a UAP; the first time we have a sighting lasting over nine minutes with two highly reliable witnesses,” explains acting CEFAA director Jose Lay
In the end, the CEFAA report concluded that they could not explain what the object was. Numerous mundane explanations, including twin-engine aircraft and UAVs, were put forward, but were ruled out. As CEFAA director General Ricardo Bermúdez described their conclusions, “We do not know what it was, but we do know what it was not.”