April 25, 1977
Location: Pampa Lluscuma (near Putre), Chile
Chilean soldier was in shock after a weird, five-day ordeal
with a UFO. Six members of an army patrol saw two bright
objects descending from the sky. Cpl. Armando Valdes,
the patrol leader, set out alone to investigate and, according
to the men, simply vanished. Fifteen minutes later, they
said, he reappeared, tried to speak and passed out. The
date on his watch had been advanced five days, and he
now had about a week's growth of beard.
Associated Press / San Antonio News, May 23, 1977
loses 5 days to UFO"
Chile A Chilean soldier is still in shock after
a weird, five-day ordeal with a UFO.
is his story.
was 4:15 a.m. in Chile's far north desert country.
members of an army patrol were bedded down around a campfire
while two men stood guard. Suddenly, two bright objects
began descending from the sky.
dropped into the Andes foothills out of direct sight,
but the men in the patrol, now fully awake, could see
the glow of its light.
second, they said, lowered almost to the ground about
500 yards away from the camp. The men said it shone with
a violet light with two points of intense red.
Armando Valdes, the patrol leader, ordered the soldiers
to take up their weapons. Then he set out alone to investigate
and, according to the men, simply vanished. Fifteen minutes
later, they said, he reappeared, tried to speak and passed
said he regained consciousness about 7 a.m., but that
his watch showed only 4:30, the approximate time he reappeared.
They also said the date on the watch had been advanced
five days, and that Yaldes now had about a week's growth
to his comrades, when Valdes was beginning to regain consciousness,
he said: "You do not know who we are, nor where
we come from. But I tell you that we will soon return."
purported sighting occurred April 25, and since the soldiers'
tale was publicized, dozens of other unidentified flying
objects have been reported up and down the 2,700-mile
length of Chile.
says he does not recall anything that happened during
the 15 minutes he was missing. Some skeptics said the
soldiers may have seen a desert mirage. But other sightings
have been reported on the outskirts of this capital city,
in the rainy lake region about 800 miles to the south,
and over the Straits of Magellan, at the cold southern
tip of the continent.
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and
the University of Chile jointly operate a space tracking
station a few miles north of Santiago, but officials at
the station had no official comment on the reports.
source at the station who asked not to be identified said
he felt some of the previous UFO sightings in Chile were
satellites or airplanes. But he said the most recent sightings,
made at relatively close distances, did not appear to
Bravo, a radio announcer at Punta Arenas, the major town
on the Straits of Magellan, said he awoke about 3 a.m.
one night and went, to the kitchen for a glass of water.
I noticed the sky was bright," he said.
caused me to open the curtains, and I could see these
two things suspended in the air emitting a strong light,
bright and orange."
light went out but returned, with a violent color. Then
these two things, of oval shape, moved at a rapid speed,
opening themselves like a V and closing at a higher point
in the sky." They finally disappeared over the
straits, he said.
few nights later, passengers on a bus going from Puerto
Monti to Puerto Varas in southern Chile said they saw
something similar about. 100 yards above them in the sky.
people who have seen UFOs recently estimated their size
at about 12 feet in diameter. Most say they are round
or oval "like a huge wagon wheel,"
said one woman.