Uruguay Declassify UFO records.
                       Daniel Iglesias reports

"The UFO phenomenon has manifested itself many times in Uruguay,
South America. The Uruguayan Air Force (FAU) high command has
declassified its files and allowed EL PAIS (The National Newspaper) to
access its UFO records and eyewitness accounts.. While the Air Force
commission that studies these cases has been operating for only a few
decades, the UFO phenomenon in Uruguay began in 1947, and continues
a rich history of seeing UFOs, according to Col. Ariel Sanchez, an Air
Force officer with 33 years of active service and who presides over the
UFO commission. The agency operates out of a small office in downtown
Montevideo and has a computer database and print archives. There are
hundreds of files in green binders under the heading "Confidential",
containing eyewitness accounts, photographs, sketches, drawings,
documents and evaluations made by officials. The files consist of reports
that accrue at a rate of 100 cases per year with 2100 solid reports the
commission has researched and dismissed many for various reasons.
Thirty years after research began, forty cases remain unexplained. These
files have been kept open, and range from sightings and landings of
alleged craft to abductions, where people claim to have been kidnapped
by extraterrestrial entities. Photo was taken over Florida, Uruguay on July
25, 1977 by Horticulturist Hector Delgado.
The military commission's task is to compile a record of cases and draft
guidelines or conclusions regarding their veracity and origin. They have
obtained solid results: "The commission managed to determine
modifications to the chemical composition of the soil where landings were
reported. It could be a phenomenon that occurs in the lower sectors of the
atmosphere, the landing of aircraft from a foreign air force, up to the
extraterrestrial hypothesis. It could be a monitoring probe from outer
space, much in the same way that we send probes to explore distant
worlds," stated the officer. "The UFO phenomenon exists and I must stress
that the Air Force does not dismiss an extraterrestrial hypothesis based
on our scientific analysis," said Col. Sanchez. The Uruguayan Air Force
has now declassified all of its information and only the identity of the
witnesses remains undisclosed. In a case in the Department of Durazno, a
witness reported a UFO landing and soil analysis showed an increase in
the values of minerals such as chrome, manganese, phosphorus and
carbon, enabling researchers to conclude that the event had indeed been
real.

In another case two reddish spheres, flew silently over the heads of two
teamsters driving cattle. The objects moved at high speed in opposite
directions and the vanished toward the west at high speed. UFOs are
most likely to be seen in February, March, July and October in Uruguay. In
February of 2009, the commission received numerous reports
accompanied by digital photographs. Photographs or film are not a
determining factor in any case, but rather a contribution, explains
Sanchez, given the current technical possibilities for hoaxing images.
Unsolved cases have a considerable high strangeness quotient for
example, the 1986, pursuit by two Pucara jet fighters over the Palmar Dam
in response to the maneuvers of a luminous sphere. The pilots chased it
and were about to intercept it, when the sphere flew off at a dizzying rate
of speed toward Argentina. When the pilots returned to their base, the
sphere reappeared over the dam. They chase it again and it vanished
from sight, changing colors from red to yellow.

A similar case occurred to a group of military pilots in 1996, engaged in
exercises over the Santa Bernardina Base in Durazno. They saw two
luminous spheres at 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), whose presence was
corroborated by the airport's control tower. When the objects flew away,
they maintained their shape and luminosity, which enabled the spherical
shape to be confirmed. Minutes later, the pilots noticed their glow
diminished, and only their outline was illuminated.

In 1979, a crew of a commercial airline was pursued by a powerful light
that was photographed by passengers and remains unexplained. The Air
Force also has visual reports of a dozen mutilated animals that may be
related to Argentina, where 700 mutilated animals were found. FAU does
not dismiss the possibility of an extraterrestrial event. Military statistics
show that most people reporting sightings involve young men up to 45
years of age. They also indicate that cases occur in the early hours of the
evening, 49% of statistics are made up of reports of luminous spheres;
barely 2% include occupant sightings. Also several cases of the abduction
of humans remain unexplained. One of them occurred in Playa Pascual in
1980 and involved a camper, who was suddenly taken by surprise by
short beings who immobilized him and conveyed him to a vehicle, where
he was subjected to a medical examination. Another "missing time" case
involved a family that was driving along the road when an aircraft flew over
their vehicle and landed in front of them. They were unable to account for
what had occurred to them for several minutes. (Translation (c) 2009, S.
Corrales, IHU. Source:
www.elpais.com.uy)