NARCAP Statement on Mexican FLIR case of March 2004
During a visit to Mexico City in May of 2004, NARCAP Chief Scientist Dr.
Richard Haines, Executive Director Ted Roe and Spanish Language
Coordinator Ruben Uriarte were advised of an impending announcement
regarding an alleged aviation related UAP case that occurred near
Campeche, Mexico in March of 2004.
A subsequent assessment of that case was offered in this web page on
NARCAP has since completed a thorough analysis of this incident and will
be posting the report on this website at a later date.
It is the opinion of NARCAP, based upon the evidence available, that the
most likely source of this alleged UAP observation was the oil flares from
the Cantrell oil fields in the Gulf of Campeche . While we have not posted
our findings yet, we are in general agreement with the findings of Captain
Alejandro Franz Navarrete whose documentation can be found at:
NARCAP applauds Captain Franz for his attention to detail as well as his
This case has received a great deal of attention in the media including
many premature and unfounded claims and speculations arising from the
so-called “UFO Community”. It is reasonable to remind all of those who are
interested in Unidentified Aerial Phenomena or UAP that NARCAP has taken
the position that UAP do indeed exist and seem to represent a threat to
safe aviation. However, there is nothing to be gained by declaring a case
to be anomalous when it clearly is not. Premature comments and
declarations, unfounded speculations, a lack of understanding of the
basics of investigation and inquiry and a failure to maintain an objective
image and position have created an untenable position for many of the more
vocal elements of the “UFO Community” who publicly invested their opinions
without a thorough analysis of the material and the conditions surrounding
Surprisingly, there were as many comments and speculations that were as
unreasonable and unlikely as the declarations of some UFO adherents that
arose from the “Scientific Community”. Comments arising from scientists
including the possibility that the observations involved falling space
junk, ball lightening, FLIR system failures, the inevitable weather
balloons and a host of equally ridiculous speculations adequately
demonstrated that some in the scientific world are no better at managing
their thinking and image than some UFO Believers. NARCAP is unaware of
more than a handful of individuals who have actually undertaken the
analysis of this material and it does not seem likely that any
"mainstream" scientist who offered public commentary on this case actually
undertook an investigation of this incident.
An analysis of this matter from the perspective of the media, science and
the UFO community would make informative reading.