The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
August 26, 2011
Argentina: The First Multiple Daytime CE-3
By Diego Sánchez, Luis Burgos and FAO Team
Back in 1999, as humanoid activity dwindled in Argentina over the course of the years, a notable encounter took place in the territory of Buenos Aires, with two significant distinctions: the first being that it occurred in *broad daylight* and the second being the *number of humanoid entities*involved.
Both of these facts are outstanding in the domestic case histories, or at least that is what emerges from the 4000 cases in our database (from 1900 to 2008) and we are therefore able to state that it is the*first daytime humanoid case*, as earlier cases of this sort showed one, two or three visitors during daylight hours, no more.
The exact site of the episode is National Route 5, Kilometer 465, beyond the rail crossing that joins the Pehuelches and La Zanja stations, both of which are communities of the Trenque Lauquen borough, located in Western Buenos Aires Province, near the border of the province of La Pampa, 23 kilometers from the county seat.
At 16:30 hours on August 25, 1999, Mr. Carlos Colón, an automobile mechanic, was driving his 1998 Chevrolet pickup along the aforementioned route, after having been in a field of the region. After crossing the train tracks, he began to feel a buzzing sound on his radio, which was set to an FM station. He first blamed it on the cellphone he’d connected to the outlet, but the buzzing became more intense, almost unbearable, and comparable to “a bunch of mosquitoes in one’s ear”. He also thought it could be the vehicle’s alternator.
In this state of affairs, and after turning a curve, he remembers pulling onto the road’s shoulder without stopping the engine. He tried changing frequencies unsuccessfully. He was intrigued by a movement to his right, and when he raised his eyes, he saw something between the windshield and the door window – “something” that was heading toward him at high speed. Instinctively, Colón tried to get out of the pickup truck. At this point he was looking between the spare tire and the passenger compartment (sic) when he became aware of five figures in white…
These silhouettes looked like people, but with a very strange appearance, mainly from the shoulders up. They stood approximately 2.50 meters tall and their anthropomorphic shape, similar to that of humans, was not identical. These beings were contained within a screen (from which they never emerged) similar to a movie screen or a parabolic screen, perhaps a meter taller than the figures themselves. Fifty meters away from the witness, this “screen” slowed down, stopping no more than 15 meters distant from Colon, who was able to make out the height of the silhouettes, as he had to raise his eyes to see them more clearly.
The intruders were all together, standing side by side in line, with drooping arms and open legs, always sliding within that “screen”. According to the eyewitness, the entities exchanged glances, making small movements with their heads, and looking at the protagonist for an instant. He was unable to make out any noses, mouths or eyes – only a black spot where their heads would have been. Their bodies were white.
The humanoids stood thus for a while, eventually clasping each others’ arms to form a circle, bowing their heads inward, as if joining them. The “screen” immediately started to shrink, turning into a dark grey cone. According to Colón, what kept him from having a perfect view of the situation was a sort of fog in a whirlwind, as if they were behind some sort of translucent glass. Everything vanished suddenly after this…it vanished as though a TV set had been turned off. The witness was left looking upward, looking to where the visitors had vanished, but was unable to see anything at all. Only the fields and he remained.
Colón was more than startled when he heard the pickup truck’s radio operating. The truck was on the shoulder and several meters away. Having no idea of how he got there, Colón found himself beside the barbed wire fence where the beings had been stationed. Fear overcame him at that moment. He ran to his Chevrolet, sat down and made a hasty return to the city of Trenque Lauquen, looking to one side and another. After having passed La Zanja, he started to react. He didn’t know why he was driving so fast, as no one pursued him, and he started to feel an unpleasant sensation of weariness, similar to the ache felt after the flu. He ascribed it to a spike in blood pressure, but a doctor would subsequently tell him that it was a result of stress.
According to Colón, the encounter lasted “between two and seven minutes” judging by the time it takes to cover the distance he periodically travels to Trenque Lauquen. He reached the clinic feeling somewhat dizzy and with blurry vision. His blood pressure was 14.7, when the customary reading is between 16.1 to 18.1. Upon leaving, he headed for his workshop, where employees noted that he was acting strange, which he explained as malaise. He immediately crossed the street and went home, telling his wife about the event and feeling very anxious. He was unable to dismiss the memory of his experience from his mind.
Two days after the event, he visited his doctor. An EKG was performed and his blood pressure was checked. Everything in his body was normal. Therefore, there was only on thing left to do: return to the encounter site. And so he did. To his surprise, he found the paperwork of the Chevalier parcel receipt; with the change he carried within it (sic). Things began to become clearer for Colón, and he started looking for prints, but found his own footprints more than anything else.
Three events are essential when evaluating this incident:
a. Days later, in a conversation with Mr. Avila, the owner of the field Colón had departed from prior to the encounter, the former told him that right after he left, he tried to contact tractor operators in his area and was unable to do so, as there was a persistent buzzing on the radio that made communications impossible;
b. Peasants from an adjacent field stated that while performing their duties, the saw a large light stationed in the vicinity, which later headed south;
c. That same afternoon, at 15:45 hours, that is to say 45 minutes before Colón’s encounter with the beings, a trucker and his companion, headed for Santa Rosa (La Pampa) were able to make out some glowing objects to the right of the road, facing the La Zanja station. The trucker ascribed the vision to cereal railcars lit by the sun. These alleged railcars appeared to be crossing the road, since they had not yet entered the curve. After turning the curve, they asked each other: “what happened to the railcars?” They stopped and looked around. They were all alone in the field.
The entities described by Colón are reminiscent of the May 29, 1986 case involving Oscar Flores, 28, at the entrance to the Don Tomás Lagoon in La Pampa. In this case, the witness, who I had the chance to interview thanks to an excellent interview by Quique Mario of the CEUFO group, found two visitors within his house at 00:30 hours. These intruders were also tall, more than 2 meters, and only parts of their faces were visible in their form-fitting suits. The beings appeared to sport medallions and belts, elements that Colón did not see. Also in La Pampa, Flores was able to see the UFO (over the top of some eucalyptus trees) and a persistent buzzing sound in the air. We managed to cross paths with Flores in one of the recent UFO conventions organized by CEUFO. He is in excellent health.
Background on Multiple Encounters
With regard to close encounters involving large numbers of occupants, the Colón incident can be placed within the top ten Argentinean events, outdone only by four contact experiences, and all of these of a nocturnal nature (hence the importance of this daytime event):
· Azul, Buenos Aires: Ufologists in the nation’s capital report an incident in which several residents of this locality witness the movement of seven (7) beings corresponding to Type III (Tall) on the evening of 13 August 1994, near Route 51.
· Laboulaye (Cordoba): Shortly before midnight on 2 December 1991, three youths from that region of Córdoba saw a luminous object landing a few meters from their home, disgorging 15 small entities. They walked single-file and appeared to have “flashlights on their heads” that lit the ground in front of them. The characters milled around the vicinity of the house for several hours. We investigated this incident on-site only a few days after it occurred.
· Pergamino (Bs.As.): This incident was also investigated on-site in the company of Prof. Jose Marengo, a consultant to FAO in the 80s. Four young men from the city had reported the presence of 6 small, strange entities to the police. The beings in the vicinity of the Club de Viajantes of the Gral. San Martín district. Other sightings involving 6 beings also occurred in the nearby town of Rancagua in late October and early November 1988.
· Crotto (Bs.As.): A record-breaking entity case occurred in this community near Olavarría, specifically at the Mi Recuerdo ranch. Around 03:00 hrs. on 17 November 1969, Aquilo Ramon Acosta had an extraordinary experience when he found 17 mysterious beings, good-sized and wearing reddish outfits, exploring his property for an extended period of time, bearing “flashlight-like” devices in their hands, shooting off red beams of light.
· Olavarría (Bs.As.): In the early hours of 29 April 1994, Mario Trevisan managed to photograph over twenty strange entities walking in front of the dim light outside a house on the outskirts of the city. The astonishing speed with which they moved was the most significant aspect of the case. This was a remarkable visual document that we were able to recover after 14 years of follow-up work. Please see the report and video at CIENCIA OVNI (www.ciencia-ovni.com.ar)
Colón calmed down some time after his experiences. His blood pressure stabilized and he had no further arrhythmias. He was only left with some questions: he is still unsure if the pickup’s engine stalled, or if he was stopped by the entities. Nor could he remember how he reached the barbed wire fence. He is certain that he was “controlled” during the duration of the experience, and the entities simply allowed him to watch the situation. There is evidently a “missing time” factor that has still not surfaced in Colón (and which is typical in such cases).
UFO sightings were periodically reported in Trenque Lauquen and its outlying communities, before and after the events discussed here. Everything points to the fact that the witness experienced an extraordinary situation that is full of information for ufology. Tall humanoids (Type III) returned to Argentina, giving the small Type I humanoids a break, as these appear to have “taken over” close encounters of the third kind.
· Sr. Diego Grimberg, Bs. As.
· Supplement: “Crónica del Fenómeno OVNI” Nº 93, Bs. As.
· Alejandro Vignati, revista “2001”, Bs. As.
· Oscar “Quique” Mario (CEUFO)
(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Giménez)
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