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UFO Reports

UFOs Over Bolivia

Source: Filer's Files #13 -- 2001; March 27, 2001
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COCHABAMBA -- Gabriel Villarroe reports that for the last 70 minutes local television has been taping and showing a UFO over the city on March 26, 2001.  Beginning at 7:20 AM up to now the local TV's are taping a UFO with a saucer shape.  The object is silver with a sphere and a disk.  It looks very much like Saturn through a telescope, with the exception that it moves back and forth in the sky and as crossed over 120 degrees in less than an hour.  Thanks to Gabriel Villarroe 591-772-7000  Editor's Note: We are attempting to obtain a copy of this tape.


LA PAZ - A number of hypotheses, which sought to explain the appearance of an UFO, were systematically discarded by air traffic controllers in La Paz and Cochabamba, as well as by commercial and military pilots. The first sighting of the flying object took place near the city of Cochabamba over the Tunari National Park around 7:30 AM.  Following a sequence of rapid movements interrupted by minutes of static flight, the object reached La Paz over which it remained until 8:25 AM.  Eyewitness accounts coincide on the description: a spherical object with a metallic sheen, which could not be completely identified due to its sporadic movement.  Alerted to the phenomenon, the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) ordered the scramble of a T-33 jet, which unsuccessfully tried to approach the object.  "It was a brilliant, metallic-colored sphere, but we could not determine what type of object it was," reported Major Luis Arzabe Torrico, the T-33's pilot, who explained that although his military jet was able to reach an altitude of 42,500 feet, the object maintained the same vertical distance in regard to the aircraft as it did during the jet's takeoff.  Minutes after the FAB jet landed at the El Alto Air Base, the object vanished.  Several commercial airliner pilots plowing the Lima-La Paz and Cochabamba-La Paz route reported seeing a large object (considerably larger than a passenger aircraft such as a Boeing 747) to the El Alto tower.  The object was also picked up by the television cameras of at least two local stations.  A technician told the FIDES News Agency that "radars were unable to identify the type of vehicle crossing the skies."  Several people tend toward identifying the object as a weather balloon, but its speed and altitude do not lend credence to this hypothesis. Thanks for translation (c) 2001. S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology and Gloria Coluchi.