Chilean Navy Can't Identify Mysterious Aircraft Caught on Video

Footage released by a Chilean government agency shows an "unexplained aerial phenomenon." Screenshot

This article originally was published on iDigitalTimes.

A Chilean government agency within the civil aeronautics directorate, the Comité de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos (CEFAA), released a video taken by a Navy helicopter of a mysterious craft in 2014.

The footage was captured by two naval officers on a helicopter-mounted Wescam infrared camera, typically used in covert, aerial surveillance. If you've seen Predator drone footage, you've seen these cameras in action. Captured west of Santiago at an altitude of approximately 4,500 feet (far lower than commercial airliners), the Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon (UAP, the new preferred term for UFOs) was first observed with the naked eye from an estimated distance of 35 to 40 miles.

Described by the captain as a "flat, elongated structure" with "two thermal spotlights-like discharges that did not coincide with the axis of motion," the object can be seen discharging a chemical plume at approximately eight minutes into the video. The darker color indicates high heat, as captured by the infrared lens.

A complete play-by-play of the video can be read at Huffington Post, where Leslie Kean, author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record, provides an in-depth analysis of the event.

During the encounter, the pilot contacted two separate radar stations who were unable to track the object (their on-board radar also failed to pick up the object) and confirmed that there was no other air traffic in the area. Multiple attempts to contact the craft received no reply.

For the past two years CEFAA has been sharing the video with experts, including a nuclear chemist, astrophysicist and video and image experts.

So far the only mundane explanation offered came from the French UFO organization GEIPAN, whose video analysts proposed the possibility of a "medium-haul aircraft" dumping cabin wastewater before landing. The Chilean researchers and witnesses pointed out a number of reasons this would be unlikely, including the lack of radar corroboration, the unlikelihood of an experienced pilot failing to recognize an airplane and the lack of any nearby flight path scheduled for a landing at either of the two nearby airports.

"This has been one of the most important cases in my career as director of CEFAA because our committee was at its best," General Ricardo Bermúdez, former CEFAA director, told Kean. "The CEFAA is well regarded partly because there is full participation from the scientists of the academic world, the armed forces through their representatives, and the aeronautic personnel from the DGAC, including its director. I am extremely pleased as well with the conclusion reached which is logical and unpretentious… the great majority of committee members agreed to call the subject in question a UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon) due to the number of highly researched reasons that it was unanimously agreed could not explain it."