June 2, 1996
Editor: Joseph Trainor
The June 1996 issue of ISTOE, a Brazilian magazine, blew the lid off the hottest UFO story this year.
According to ISTOE, Brazil's Policia Militar captured two live aliens on January 20, 1996 in Varginha, a city in the southern part of Minas Gerais state. A dead alien was also retrieved.
The incident began at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 1996, when an elderly farm couple, Eurico and Oralina Augusta Rodrigues, were awakened by a commotion in the barnyard. The Rodrigueses manage a farm in the coffee-growing country just south of Varginha. Looking out the bedroom window, they saw their cows "totally disoriented and running around the house."
Eurico Rodrigues said, "We looked at the sky and saw a gray object, similar to a submarine, the size of a small house flying very slowly over the ground. There was something like white smoke coming out of it. There was no lights and it wasn't making any noise."
Fourteen hours later, at 3:30 p.m., three young women were walking through the Jardim Andere, a city park 2 kilometers (just over one mile) from the center of Varginha. The group included Liliane Fatima Silva, 16; her sister, Valquiria Fatima Silva, 14; and a friend, Katia Andrade Xavier, 22, all of Varginha.
Suddenly, Liliane looked to her left and screamed. She said she "saw a strange creature with slippery brownish skin and what looked like three small rounded horns protruding from its head."
The alien was 23 feet from the concrete path where the young women were standing. "He was squatting, with his long arms stuck between his legs," Liliane said. "The first thing to catch my attention were his eyes, huge and red."
Terrified, Liliane turned her back on the creature while Valquiria and Katia gaped at it, unable to move.
"It was not an animal, and it certainly wasn't human," Katia said.
"He seemed stupefied," Valquiria said. "He didn't make any noise."
Then the alien moved, and all three girls ran screaming from the park. Liliane and Valquiria ran home and told their mother, Luiza Helena Fatima Silva, 38. At 4:10 p.m., Luiza returned to the Jardim Andere to see if she could find that creature that had frightened her daughters. But she found nothing.
Early that evening, the Policia Militar sealed off the park. The next morning, at 10:30 a.m., four firefighters grabbed one of the aliens. The creature was put into a wooden cage. The cage was then covered with a white cloth and put aboard a flatbed truck. The alien was then taken to the nearest Brazilian Army facility, a military school called the Escola de Sargento das Armas in a nearby town, Tres Coracoes, 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Varginha.
The second alien was captured at about 4:15 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 1996. He was first taken to the Hospital Humanitas in Varginha. At 6 p.m. on Monday, the third alien--dead from causes unknown--was found in the park. The live alien and its dead companion were then taken to the Escola de Sargento das Armas.
At 4 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 1996, a three-truck convoy left Tres Coracoes. There was one heavy weapons platoon in the first truck, another platoon in the rear truck, and the three aliens in the middle truck. Commanding the transfer operation was Lt. Col. Olimpio Wanderley Santos. The orders were: "If anyone--even your own mother-- comes within 15 meters of that (middle) truck, shoot to kill."
Leaving Varginha, the convoy drove west to Machado and then went south to Pouse Alegre. From there they went west into the mountains first to Ouro Fino, then to Itapira, and finally arrived in Campinas, a city in the state of Sao Paulo.
The dead alien was taken to the Universidade (University) of Campinas medical school, where it was reportedly autopsied by Dr. Badan Palhares. However, Dr. Palhares denied the report, adding, "I don't know where that idea came from."
While the autopsy was being carried out, Lt. Col. Wanderley took the two live aliens to Sao Paulo International Airport. A USAF C-5 transport plane was reportedly waiting on the runway to take the aliens to the United States.
The Brazilian Army denies the incident ever happened. Col. Luis Cesario de Silvestre Leite, spokesman for Distrito Militar d'Este (Eastern Military District) said no military personnel of any kind helped to capture an alien. "We worry a lot about national and international beings," he added, "but only if they are terrestrial."
Gen. Sergio Pedro Coelho Lima, commandant of the Escola de Sargento das Armas in Tres Coracoes, said, "What the ufologists say is ridiculous."
According to ISTOE, Brazilian ufologists are sticking to their story. UFO researcher Ubirajara Franco Rodrigues said, "What these women saw, without doubt, was an alien creature."
Eight Brazilian UFO groups pieced together the story of the UFO sighting, the aliens' capture and the military convoy.
Wednesday night, May 22, 1996, at about 9 p.m., homeowners in Gladstone, a town in South Australia, Phoned the police to report unusual lights in the sky.
Answering the call were two officers, Senior Constable Andrew Luhrs and his partner. At first, Luhrs feared the lights were flares from a ship in distress out in the Spencer Gulf. But when the cops arrived, they saw "a strange star-sized light" on the western horizon.
"The reports were of a star-shaped light above the horizon which seemed the change colour to red, to white and then to blue," Luhrs said. "The light would throb with an increased intensity prior to each change of colour and hover in the sky for some time and then dart and cover large distances, doing a number of right-angled turns at high speed. We observed the same lights as these people saw and confirmed their suspicions."
In Brisbane, an Air Services Australia spokeswoman said one of their ASA helicopters was searching the ocean near Gladstone between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. that night. The search began after an aircraft in that area reported picking up faint noises on their emergency frequencies just after 6 p.m. "But there was no aircraft reported missing," the spokeswoman said, "And the search didn't turn up anything. It appears there was some kind of static on the signal. It's not something that I've dealt with before--it's unusual."
Also on Wednesday night, a few friends spotted a UFO with "a flashing red, white and blue light" near the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base at Amberley.
In Ipswich, Queensland, at around 11 p.m., two men captured the UFO on video.
On Sunday, May 26, 1996, the Melbourne Sunday Herald-Sun ran a story on the flap entitled "UFOs Sighted Around Nation."
According to Ross Dowe of Australia's National UFO Hotline, "People saw multi-colored lights moving around (the sky) in Horsham (Victoria) at 10:30 p.m., in Wangaratta (Victoria) at 10:40 p.m. and in Sydney (New South Wales) at 9 p.m."
Wangaratta is 235 miles east of Horsham. Also, Wangaratta had previous UFO sightings this year during January and February.
UFOs were also seen Friday night, May 24, 1996, around the city of Adelaide, 120 miles south of Gladstone.
According to the Sunday Herald-Sun, an eyewitness, Kathy Dickman, 47, and her family watched three lights in the sky for 20 minutes, beginning at 9 p.m., in the Adelaide foothills. "We thought it was a plane or helicopter at first, but they were moving like you wouldn't expect anything we know of to move," Mrs. Dickman said. "Then we pulled over and just watched as the lights just hovered, flashing on and off about every second or so for about 20 minutes."
Colin Norris, director of the Australian International UFO Association in Adelaide, said six UFO sightings had been reported around Australia during the week. He said callers described the UFO as "a white ball the size of a full moon which hovered and then sank to the horizon over several minutes."
Note: Australia's ongoing UFO flap began January 1, 1996 with sightings at Myree, a desert town near Wangaratta.
Saturday afternoon, May 25, 1996, saw some real excitement at Huntsville International Airport in Alabama. As Delta Flight 1436 from Dallas-Fort Worth began circling to land, an "unusual-looking aircraft" swooped onto the runway without tower permission and taxied over to the privately-owned airplane parking area. The craft was described as a "triangle-shaped object." The tower called on the pilot to identify himself and his aircraft but received no response.
Three occupants emerged from the UFO and began walking among the parked airplanes. Airport security men arrived and, when cut off from their vehicle, the trio ran across the runway, right in front of Delta Flight 1436, which had just touched down.
Kate D., a Delta passenger, said she looked out her window and saw "what looked like three children" running out onto the tarmac. Kate described the occupants as "small and child-like" and "wearing metallic suits and white helmets." Kate said the Delta pilot made "a touch-and-go landing" and took off again before running down the fleeing occupants.
The trio ducked into the terminal through the baggage area. An airport security man spotted them and gave chase. People in the terminal thought it was some sort of Memorial Day weekend publicity stunt.
The tower called the Huntsville, Alabama police, and two cruisers responded. Officer Ted Williams of the Huntsville P.D. said, "One of them I could have sworn we had cornered by the newstand. We should have had them then. I don't know how they got past us down to the TCBY."
The officers caught up to the occupants at the TCBY yogurt stand, and then stopped, as if they'd run into an invisible wall. A waitress on the main concourse said, "It was like the officers couldn't move."
After grabbing some packages of Dannon's Yogurt, the three UFO occupants ran toward the baggage claim area. Meanwhile, outside the terminal, a convoy of U.S. Army humvees from the Redstone Arsenal, three miles east of the airport, pulled off the Joe Wheeler Highway and surrounded the terminal, blocking all of the exits.
Just then, the delta-winged UFO began to move. Witnesses saw the three occupants in the cockpit window. The UFO then "rose straight up and took off at high speed." It zoomed away over the town of Madison, north of the airport.
On Tuesday, May 21, 1996, at 9:45 p.m., two people out walking the beach near Gulf Breeze, Florida, saw two large black triangular UFOs hovering silently over the bay. The objects flew away to the east.
The following night, Wednesday, May 22, 1996, the same two UFOs appeared again, further north on the beach, over the fishing pier. They were seen by four people, who described them as "black triangular- shaped craft flying in formation at 5,000 feet. Each had a small orange light in each corner."
The UFOs appeared at 10:10 p.m. Eastern time. Again they flew eastward, heading in the general direction of Eglin Air Force Base.
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