UFO Sighting Report - Mexico
August 1973 : Between Ciudad Camargo and Chihuahua
The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
May 13, 2007
MEXICO: Former President's Nephew Photographed UFO in 1973
By Ana Luisa Cid
In March 2007 I received several clippings from the "Novedades" newspaper, dated October 26, 1973, from Ing. Hector Pérez Rodríguez, making reference to a sighting by Mr. Juan David Mateos Chanfreau, the nephew of (deceased) former Mexican president Lic. Adolfo Lopez Mateos.
According to the publication, the witness gave his story to the press and provided them with a copy of the photo he took with his Polaroid camera. The snapshot was taken while he travelled aboard his car along the road from Ciudad Camargo to Chihuahua (1973).
Ing. Pérez, who kindly provided me a copy of the clippings he has kept for 30 years, believes that it is possible that Mr. Mateos Chanfreau's experience is possibly related to the Coyame Case, which occurred in the same geographic region and on a date relatively close to that of the alleged crash of a spacecraft in the Chihuahua desert (1974).
In another news item from "Novedades" it is said that six UFOs were seen in the USA, witnessed by over 50 people, among them then-deputy sheriff Jim Taylor of Surrey County.
Transcript of the news item from Novedades, 26 October 1973:
"Mexican Tells How He Saw and Photographed a Flying Saucer"
The existence of flying saucers no longer appears to be a mere invention of people with excessive imagination or feverish minds. When mechanical means - such as photography - are brought into play to determine their reality, only one question remains: where do they come from?
Juan David Mateos Chanfreau, nephew of the deceased former president Adolfo Lopez mateos, has asked himself this question in vain for two months. But the issue of their provenance is secondary, because there is something more important: he knows that they exist, he has seen one of them and has photographed it.
The account he gives NOVEDADES shows the emotion the event produced in him; his satisfaction at the experience surpasses all limits.
Juan David was traveling from Ciudad Camargo to Chihuahua a little over 60 days ago. The day was somewhat hazy but precisely due to the lack of solar reflection, the landscape was clear and placid.
Upon reaching the desert area between Villanueva and the city of Chihuahua, he began to hear a strange sound coming from his car radio. He suddenly looked upward and saw an object suspended in mid-air.
He hit the brakes at once. He was invaded by a stupor and cannot remember if he turned off the radio, but he fully recalls the rigidity that took over his limbs for some seconds. He was afraid that something bad would happen to him. However, curiosity won out over prudence and his arm, guided as if by an electric shock, reached for the glove comaprtment where his photo camera rested.
"Before taking it, I had the sensation that someone was keeping me from doing so," he says, "and I grabbed it cautiosly. I felt afraid again, but the anxiety of having proof of what I was seeing won out, and I stepped out of the car."
The craft, which produced a very slight vibration, rotated displaying its colors of orange, purple and red. Parapeted behing his vehicle, he was about to press the shutter. The artifact, which was to the right of the highway at a distance of some 60 meters and an altitude of 20, did not move. And the photo was taken.
He immediately felt the urge to flee, but some internal sense advised him not to move. Some minutes went by, which seemed like centuries to Juan David. Suddenly the craft began to move. Rising, it tilted until it remained sideways, rising vertically, and taking off at a fantastic speed. He saw no smoke; he was only able to hear an intense vibration that became more painful as the intensity grew. The metal turned into a multitude of dats that rose, blinding his riveted eyes. In a matter of seconds, the saucer was lost to the immensity of space.
Reality took hold and thosands of questions spilled into his mind: where did it come from? Was it terrestrial or not? But among the lack of answers there stood an unquestionable fact: something remarkable had happened and none other than he had witnessed and photographed it. The amazement of the event would suffice - perhaps some day he would find out the rest.
(Translation (c) 2007, S. Corrales, Inexplicata. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid and Héctor Pérez)
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