July 24th 1997


On July 24, 1997, at 12:20 a.m., a bus carrying 42 passengers rumbled southward on the Panamerican Highway in northern Chile. The bus belonged to Buses Fenix Pullman Norte Ltda. and had left Arica at 9:30 p.m. bound for the capital, Santiago de Chile.

As the bus neared Cerro Moreno mountain in Antofagasta, a city 880 kilometers (550 miles) north of Santiago, the vehicle suddenly lost all electrical power.

"At first we thought the bus's battery had gone dead," Victor Hugo Lizama, a passenger, told local newspaper La Cuarta. "The bus was totally dead. The driver just couldn't get it started. We started looking up in the sky, and we saw four lights, three round ones, and the fourth one was a long cigar shape. All four were changing colors from violet to orange to intense silver-white."

"The cigar-shaped object moved, making an L trajectory," Lizama added, "while the three round objects stayed still. A few passengers went to a military base that's in Cerro Moreno and asked about the lights. The guards said they were just weather balloons."

A short while later, the lights abruptly disappeared. The driver turned the ignition key again. This time the engine kicked over, and the bus resumed its all-night journey to Santiago. (See the Chilean newspaper La Cuarta for July 25, 1997. Muchas gracias a Luis Sanchez Perry para esas noticias.)

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Note: This sighting is taken from the TUFOIC Newsletter, October 1997, Issue 82 originally posted in the News section of UFOINFO.


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