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Volume 5, Number 5
February 3, 2000
Editor: Joseph Trainor
TEAMS HUNT FOR SUSPECTED
UFO IN NORTHERN ARGENTINA
On Tuesday, January 25, 2000, around 1 p.m.,
residents of Sachayoj, a village in Chaco province
in northern Argentina, spotted a bright "shiny" object
in the sky. Some witnesses described it as "a ball
"An enormous ball of fire slammed into a
densely-wooded wilderness region, and residents
claim to have heard loud noises followed by an
explosion and much smoke. A tremor also shook
the entire area for several minutes."
Eyewitness Ramon Agustin, who works at the
Andres Bello Provincial School #188 in Sachayoj,
"explained that the phenomenon he witnessed
caused 'a very strong reaction' in him, and he 'had
no idea what what was falling down. I felt considerable
panic and fear.'"
The panic was shared by other residents. A
witness named Rojas explained that the "fireball was
quite large and descended rapidly from the north towards
the south, accompanied by loud whistling and thunder.
I looked at it and felt paralyzed. I didn't know what to do.
After the event, I ran away and stayed with my family."
"In the direction where it presumably descended,
local residents were reduced to tears," he added.
Sachayoj is located in La Esperanza, a sparsely-
populated region of subtropical rain forest and deep,
wide canyons. The area is about 450 kilometers
(270 miles) northeast of Santiago del Estero and
575 kilometers (345 miles) northwest of Buenos
Aires, the national capital.
The village commissioner, Sra. Olga Bertodotti,
told Argentinian newspapers that "a farmhand at the
project known as Fabril Chaquena witnessed the
On Wednesday, January 26, 2000, "technicians,
researchers and astronomers from all parts of the
country (Argentina)," converged on the region and
began a search under the supervision of the
On Friday, January 28, 2000, the police
interviewed many of the witnesses.
On Saturday, January 29, 2000, "police
combed on foot the vicinity of Sachayoj to find
the unidentified object, which, like a fireball,
fell to Earth on Tuesday and was also sighted
from Chaco" province.
"Experts, police and a group of baquenos
(hunting guides--J.T.) scouted the area known
as La Esperanza, northeast of Santiago del
Estero in search of the luminous unidentified
object that surprised local residents on Tuesday."
Opinions vary as to what the object really
was. Some say it must have been a meteor;
others insist that it was a "shiny UFO."
According to Sra. Bertodotti, "With the arrival
of the year 2000 and apocalyptic beliefs,
townspeople are concerned about the strange
object that fell from the sky and are following
"Residents all agree that 'a thing in the sky,
very shiny, fell in the wilderness. There was
smoke, and the earth shook."
Argentinian ufologist Carlos Alberto Zardia
said, "We are hoping to find something because
the locals are simple people with no reason to
lie. It may well be that this thing was a meteorite
instead of a spacecraft." (See the Argentinian
newspapers Diario Hoy de la Plata for January 29,
2000 and Intervoz de Cordoba for January 30, 2000.
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor del libro
Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Gloria Coluchi
para esas historias.)
(Editor's Comment: Interestingly January 20 was
the fourth anniversary of another UFO crash in
South America--the one at Varginha in Minas Gerais
state, Brazil. This is certainly Argentina's week to
dominate the news. Read on.)
MISSING AIRLINER FOUND ON
MOUNTAINTOP IN THE ANDES
On August 1, 1947, the Star Dust, an Avro Tudor
airliner with four propellor engines, took off from the
brand-new Heathrow airport just outside London.
The British South American Airways (BSAA) airliner
was on her way to Santiago de Chile.
The Star Dust's crew consisted of the pilot,
Captain Reginald Cook, who had flown hundreds
of hours in RAF Lancaster bombers during World
War II; First Officer Norman Hilton-Cook, Second
Officer Donald Checklin, Radio Operator Dennis
Harmer and Stewardess Iris Adams.
Also aboard was a very special passenger,
Paul Simpson, 44, a diplomatic envoy known as
a "King's Messenger" and a close confidant of
King George VI (father of Queen Elizabeth II--J.T.)
Following its flight across the Atlantic (on
the same route as her doomed sisters, the
Star Tiger and the Star Ariel--J.T.), the airliner
refueled at the airfield in Punta Asuncion,
Argentina and then took off on the last leg
of her flight--right over the Andes.
With the wings and four Rolls-Royce Merlin
engines of the wratime Lancaster bomber, the
1,000-horsepower Tudor had a flight ceiling of
25,000 feet (8,000 meters) and could easily
fly over the high Andes mountains.
But something happened to the Star Dust.
"It was headed for Santiago de Chile when it
lost radio contact at 2 p.m. on August 2, 1947."
In the weeks that followed, searchers
scoured the upper slopes of Mount Aconcagua
and El Mercedario "but were unsuccessful in
But in December 1999, Argentinian aviation
enthusiast Juan Carlos Mouso was flying over
Mount Tupungato, 110 kilometers (66 miles)
southwest of Mendoza and 500 kilometers and
500 kilometers (300 miles) west of Buenos Aires,
"when he spotted the glint of sunshine on a
fuselage on the mountain's south face."
Mouso convinced the Argentinian government
to mount a search of Tupungato. Assisting Mouso
in the arduous climb was Argentina's 11th Mountain
On Monday, January 24, 2000, Mouso and two
Argentinian soldiers "found a badly-damaged four-
engine Lancaster and three frozen bodies" on one
of Tupungato's glaciers at an altitude of 5,500
meters (17,600 feet.)."
Apparently, the Star Dust had exploded in
mid-air, scattering debris over the snowfields
to a distance of one kilometer (0.62 miles).
"Investigators huffing through the thin air
at the crash site found twisted metal and the
remains of three frozen bodies amid the wreckage
of the fuselage."
"'Because the plane exploded, the remains
may be spread over a radius of 1,000 meters, so
we don't discount the possibility of finding more
body parts,' said Lt. Col. Ricardo Bustos of the
11th Mountain Infantry Regiment."
"Besides the three bodies, the searchers
also found a woman's hand and a shoe with a
Royal Air Force (RAF) insignia that may have
belonged to one of the pilots."
"'The urgency now is to fence off the (crash)
site so no one removes any of the discovered
remains until a group of specialists can arrive,
which is difficult but not impossible,' Lt. Col.
Argentinian "federal judge Alfredo Manuel
Rodriguez is in charge of the forensic investigation
and is taking fingerprints and DNA samples to
establish the victims' identities."
Paul Simpson was reportedly wearing a
small silver lapel pin in the form of a running
greyhoud. This is the insignia of a King's
Messenger and will probably be used to
identify his remains, if they are found.
(See the Argentinian newspapers Uno for
January 24, 2000 and La Nacion for January 26,
2000. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Jim
Hickman para esas historias.)
(Editor's Comment: Exploded in mid-air!?
There's a mystery for you! Also, the Star Dust
went down exactly ten days after the first
UFO landing in South America. On July 23,
1947, a UFO described as "a Saturn-shaped
saucer 150 feet wide" landed at Bauru in
western Sao,Paulo state, Brazil. All the
workmen at the scene fled except Jose C.
Higgins, who talked for an hour with several
of the UFO occupants. Higgins described
the aliens as "seven feet tall, with huge red
eyes, large round bald heads, no eyebrows,
no beards and legs longer in proportion
than hours." Fore more on the doomed
Star Tiger and Star Ariel, see UFO Roundup,
Volume 5, Numbers 3 and 4.)
GIANT ICE CHUNKS FALL
ON CITIES IN ITALY
Last week Italy became the second
European country, after Spain, to experience
multiple falls of giant chunks of ice.
On the evening of Thursday, January 27,
2000, "an ice block fell in Avellino, in
Campania province," about 250 kilometers
(150 miles) southeast of Rome and about
120 kilometers (72 miles) east of Napoli
(Naples) "which according to specialists
may have fallen from a plane."
"A chunk of ice weighing two kilograms
was reported" to have fallen "on the patio of
the Salesians (monastery) in the town of
L'Aquila. The religious order notified the police
of this event."
In Ancona, "the magistrate's office will
investigate a report that a 24-year-old man was
struck on the head by a block of ice weighing
"However, there are always those who take
advantage of the confusion that this phenomenon
has produced...but other eyewitnesses claim to
have seen them fall inexplicably from the sky."
"Likewise confessions have been extracted
from those who have taken advantage of the
'psychosis' to play pranks in the cities of Bolsena,
Firenze (Florence) and Padua. But these are
insufficient to explain a phenomenon which
remains a complete mystery."
"Initial analyses" of the Avellino ice "has
proven that the block consists of a liquid similar
to distilled water, in other words, lacking any
mineral salts whatsoever, and with traces of
ammonia and nitrates."
According to the Veneto Regional Environmental
Agency, "scientists discounted the possibility that
the ice chunks may be radioactive."
Dr. Giancarlo Tebaldi of the Hygiene and
Prevention Institute of Milano (Milan) "believes that
the ice is a result of the storms that ravaged
France in December (1999)."
Italian ufologist Eufemio Del Buono "stated that
the ice is 'a warning from extraterrestrial intelligences.'"
(See the Agence France Presse story for January
28, 2000. Grazie a Scott Corrales per questo
(Editor's Comment: First Spain, now Italy. So far,
the ice has fallen between 40 and 42 degrees
North latitude. If this stuff is from space, the next
country to get hit may be either Albania, Macedonia
or northern Greece.)
MYSTERY METEOR LIGHTS
UP WESTERN AUSTRALIA
On Thursday, January 27, 2000, at 11 p.m.,
"a very bright white light," described as "a basket
ball sized fireball with a flourescent green train"
crossed the southern coast of Western Australia
(W.A.) state "Between Albany and Esperance
and headed northeast at an estimated altitude
of 100 kilometers (60 miles)."
Esperance, W.A. is located 672 kilometers
(420 miles) southeast of Perth, the state capital.
The mysterious object "reportedly split into
three or four pieces at an estimated altitude of
80 kilometers (50 miles) by the time it reached
Kalgoorlie and the Eastern Goldfields. It was
observed from as far away as Shark Bay (on
Australia's northwest coast--J.T.)"
"Three pieces exploded east of Kalgoorlie
whilst the fourth travelled some 2,000 kilometers
(1,200 miles) to Wyndham in the northeast where
it disintegrated into many smaller pieces at an
estimated altitude of 20 kilometers (12 miles)."
The Perth Astronomical Observatory "received
hundreds of phone calls on the event."
An observatory spokesman said the fireball
could have been the Russian satellite Molynia
returning to Earth. The Molynia was launched
back in 1986. (See the newspaper The Western
Australian for January 28, 2000. Many thanks to
Harry Mason for this news story.)
BEACHGOERS SIGHT UFO
IN MEXICO'S BAJA REGION
On Friday, December 31, 1999, James B. and
some friends were readying a bonfire on a Sea of
Cortez beach near San Felipe in Mexico's Baja
California del Norte when they saw something
strange in the sky.
"My friend and I saw a big dull red light going
from north to south above the horizon at several
thousand miles per hour," Jim reported, "I've
never see anything go that fast. Did anyone else
in Baja seen anything that night?"
San Felipe is on Camino (Highway) 5 about
249 kilometers (156 miles) south of Mexicali.
(Email Form Report)
COUPLE SEES A UFO IN
On Wednesday, December 28, 1999, Lynn L.
and her husband were outdoors in their hometown
of Tillmans Corner, Alabama (population 5,000)
when they saw a UFO.
"My husband and I were looking at the moon
and saw what we thought was a star. It moved to
the right, then stopped. I got out of the car and
looked at it. It had turned and two large bright
lights were in front of it and a red light in the middle.
We knew it wasn't a plane."
"It flew over us at a very slow speed, and it made
no sound whatsoever. We were really scared at first,
at least I sure was."
"The back of it was huge. I really couldn't tell but
it looked like two big shapes on either end of it in the
back," Lynn reported, adding that the object was at
an estimated altitude of 1,200 feet and was "triangular
in shape, with green and red lights."
After the couple drove home, she added, "Strange
things happened later that night in my house. I know it
sounds strange but here goes: A house plant that I'd
had (for years) turned up missing that same night. It
Lynn found the flowerpot, but the plant itself and
the soil it had been anchored in were missing.
"There was no soil in the pot where it was. I
just can't understand it."
Tillmans Corner is on Highway 90 approximately
11 miles (17 kilometers) south of Mobile. (Email
MULTICOLORED UFO SEEN
IN ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA
On Friday, January 28, 2000 at 9 p.m.,
and again on Saturday, January 29, 2000 at
5:30 a.m., residents of Elk River, Minnesota
(population 11,143) spied an unusual object
with bright multicolored lights hovering near their
"We first noticed a bright red light in the sky,"
Denise M. reported. "At first I thought it was a jet
since we have jets that pass over making their
descent into MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport--J.T.) The UFO approached from the east
and hovered. The longer I watched, I realized it was
not moving. It was also emitting blue, green, red and
"I went and got my binoculars so I could look at
it closer. Viewing it through the binoculars, you could
see that it had white lights that ran around the bottom
of the object, and blue, green and red lights were
flashing from the top."
"I watched for approximately 45 minutes before it
moved to the south, then hovered in that position."
"During this time, I called a neighbor to verify what
I was seeing. He also tried to look through the
binoculars and agreed he had never seen anything
like it. This continued for approximately two-and-a-
half minutes before it disappeared to the southeast."
"From a distance, it appeared to be moving quite
slowly. Could someone respond back if they've seen
Elk River is on Highway 10 approximately
22 miles (34 kilometers) north of Minneapolis.
(Email Form Report)
"GOD'S ARMY" TAKES THE
OFFENSIVE IN THAILAND
A new guerrilla army has sprung up in western
Thailand on the border with Myanmar, and it is
rooted in religious mysticism.
"Until late last month, Johnny and Luther Htoo,
the chain-smoking 12-year-old leaders of God's
Army, were minor players in an ethnic struggle for
a homeland inside Burma (Myanmar)."
The Htoo twins were among the 2,000 refugees
of the Karen people who fled to Thailand in March
1997 to escape the Myanmar Army. But then
events took a strange turn.
"The twins, just nine years old, approached a
local pastor, The Pe, and said spirit warriors on a
fabled holy mountain had told them to find seven
men to fight the Burmese army."
"The Pe helped the twins recruit a force
numbering 100 men and christened them 'the Jesus
Commandos.' The ragtag troops then routed the
Burmese troops in a noontime ambush. The
victory gave birth to belief in the unbeatable powers
of the twin warriors."
"In the months that followed...the group changed
its name to God's Army and established a jungle
hideout" near Mae Sot, Thailand. "The guerrillas
carried out a series of successful ambushes during
In December 1999, ten God's Army soldiers
"slipped into Thailand and siezed a provincial
hospital and about 700 hostages. Thai commandos
eventually freed all the hostages and shot dead all
"The twins have had handlers from time to time.
One such man was a shadowy dwarf named 'Mr.
David.' 'This kind of character, if you put him in a
movie, you're accused of too much,' says Thierry
Falise, a French photojournalist referring to
Mr. David's sudden appearance in the bizarre tale."
The Htoo twins have very different personalities.
"Johnny is much more of a jokester, while Luther
has a war-weary and intimidating gaze. It is Luther
who is thought to have established the moral
teachings for God's Army--a mix of religious
restrictions that forbids adultery, eating pork or eggs,
drinking alcohol or taking drugs."
"Their faith is a combination of Christianity,
imported to the area by Nineteenth Century American
Baptists, and spirit-worshiping animism (i.e. the
traditional religion of the indigenous Karen people--
J.T.) The camp's church is little more than bamboo
pews and an altar. Its roof is the jungle canopy,
Falise says. Soldiers wore crosses but regarded
them as talismans. If the twins want to go anywhere
outside their immediate surroundings, they are
carried by older soldiers."
"Karen are particularly receptive to messianic
figures because their folklore tells of a king who
will liberate the people from suffering, according to
Pornpimon Trichod, a researcher at Chulalongkorn
University's Institute of Asian Studies." (See
USA Today for February 2, 2000. "'God's Army,'
led by boys, driven by faith," page 14A.)
(Editor's Comment: First it was Cong Chua Yeu
Thuat in Vietnam. Now it's Johnny and Luther Htoo
in Thailand. What's with all these religion-based
armies springing up in Southeast Asia? The hidden
masters of Tong Yao must be working overtime to
keep the pot boiling.)
from the UFO Files...
1979: UFO HOVERS OVER A
CATTLE STATION IN
"It was a dark, moonless, hot January night
(in 1979) on Dave and Rita Turner's lonely cattle
station (ranch in the USA--J.T.) on the Kimberley
Plateau north of Halls Creek, Western Australia."
"Dave had driven off to visit a neighbouring
property owner for a short meeting, while Rita
stayed home and watched television."
"As she watched, the screen flickered badly.
At the same time their dogs began barking
wildly. Rita could hear the cattle, horses and fowls
going mad in their enclosures out behind the
"Leaving the lounge room to investigate the
disturbance, she could hear a high-pitched humming
sound coming from outside the house. As she
emerged from the back door, she found the whole
farmyard lit up by an ionised blue glow coming from
above. As she looked up, she was shocked to see a
large circular object, at least 20 metres (66 feet)
across, emitting the ionised blue glow while hovering
directly over the farmhouse barely 30 metres
(100 feet) above the roof."
"Then, as she stood speechless, the humming
sound faded along with the ionised blue glow. The
eerie craft grew dark and rose silently into the sky
to be lost from sight."
"Regaining her senses, Rita phoned up the
neighbour and asked Dave to come home at once."
"She also phoned the police. By the time they
arrived the next day, many other property owners
over a wide area of the Kimberley had reported
seeing the same mystery craft that night."
"Dave was mystified by the whole incident
when Rita related her experience to the two
startled constables who visited the station."
"A week later, she received an explanation
from the authorities. The RAAF's conclusion?
(Royal Australian Air Force--J.T.) What Rita
Turner had seen was nothing more than the
'flashing blue light of a police car'!
"Obviously she had been visited by the
flying squad!" (See the book Mysterious
Australia by Rex Gilroy, Nexus Publishing,
Mapleton, Qnld., Australia, 1995, page 28.)
Britain's UFO Magazine has obtained 2,500
hours of NASA space shuttle launches. The
material was originally compiled by a Canadian
TV station manager who believes that the video
footage confirms extraterrestrial activity.
Portions of the collection have already been
shown at the UFO Conference in Acapulco, Mexico
on December 12, 1999 and at the Phenomena
exposition in Fremantle, W.A., Australia.
UFO Magazine will feature this collection
in its March-April 2000 issue, which goes on sale
in UK on February 24, 2000. People looking for a
preview can log in at this website. Set your browser
We'll be back in seven days with more UFO and
paranormal news from around the planet, brought to
you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup."
Have a nice week...and stay on the lookout for
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