From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul> Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 06:34:46 -0400 Archived: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 09:37:21 -0400 Subject: This Week At INEXPLICATA Unsolved Mystery: The Object That Fell Between Bolivia and Salta Source: El Tribuno.com Date: 06.28.11 Unsolved Mystery: The Object that Fell Between Bolivia and Salta By Antonio Abarzua, El Tribuno On May 6, 1978 at 1730 hours, residents of the communities along the Bolivian and Argentinean borders, along a segment that starts from the tripartite corner with the Republic of Paraguay, looked skywards. A penetrating, buzzing sound caused them raise their eyes as one and up to this very day, thousands of people remember the extraordinary event: a metallic, oval shape the [apparent] size of a soccer ball, incandescent, crossed the sky from east to west at an unheard-of speed, apparently out of control and in free-fall. The unidentified flying object (UFO) lost itself in the horizon, but a tremendous explosion made itself felt later on. The communities of Aguas Blancas, Salvador Mazza, Los Toldos and Santa Victoria Oeste in the Argentinean province of Salta trembled; the same happened to the Bolivian settlements of Tarija, Padcaya, La Mamora, Las Ca=F1as and Bermejo, just to name a few. Everything pointed to the strange object having crashed at some point along the border between the two nations. The Gendarmer=EDa Argentina, under the orders of Cmdr. Juan Nicasio Boari, head of the 20th Or=E1n Squadron, sent three patrols to the Baritu National Park to find the UFO or whatever had crashed to the ground. Likewise, airplanes were sent to survey the area. A similar determination was made by the Bolivian Air Force, which sent its own air and ground forces to the probable impact area. A team of scientists from the Universidad Misael Saracho in Tarija, led by Argentinean physicists Orlando Bravo, announced that that the point of impact had been determined, with a relative degree of certainty, on Bolivian soil, in a mountain range facing the Argentinean community of Mecoyita, in Santa Victoria Oeste. The Bolivian Nuclear Energy Commission dispatched a team of scientists to the site under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Francisco Mariaca. The resulting expedition would depart aboard a Bolivian military helicopter. The team would also include a journalist (Antonio Abarzua, author of this report) and photographer Luis Benjam=EDn Arias of El Tribuno. When everything was ready at the Tarija Airport to set off, a U.S. Air Force plane landed on the runway, from which emerged Col. John Simmons and Capt. John Heide, who interviewed the commandant of the local base, Col. Jorge Molina Suarez. Questioned by the press, they denied that their presence in Tarija had anything to do with the UFO. After a two-hour stay in the community, they boarded their plane and departed. Minutes later, Col. Molina advised us that the expedition=92s helicopter had suffered a breakdown and those wanting to participate in the mission would have to do so on foot. Two donkeys, loaded with food and tents, were made available to the volunteers, along with a military escort headed by a lieutenant and four soldiers. El Tribuno, Dr. Orlando Bravo and his team, plus Cesar Mascetti of Buenos Aires=92s Channel 13 and his cameraman, Oscar Isse, set off on foot. Along the road, the locals stated that dozens of helicopters had been operating for days in the mountains. After a two-day walk, the expeditionaries reached Mecoya, at an altitude of nearly 5000 meters. Upon reaching the point of impact, they were struck the ravaged landscape. One mountain - El Salle - was totally destroyed, with a crater measuring 1500 meters long, 800 meters wide and some 50 meters deep. Heat- crystallized rock was evident at the bottom, and others had been displaced farther afield, but there was little else. The residents of Mecoya told us: "If you=92re looking for the remains of what fell, the gringos already took it." Upon returning to the base - this time on horseback, using animals provided by the residents of Mecoya, the expeditionaries were welcomed by two Americans: Journalist Bob Pratt and Charles Tucker, president of the International UFO Bureau. When they learned of what happened, and that no exotic debris had been found, they remarked: "It=92s always the same. NASA and the Air Force get ahead and take it all away." At that place we were told: "Bolivia has declared the case closed" and upon returning to Argentina, the news was that "Gendarmer=EDa interrupted its investigation." [Contributing Editor Guillermo Gimenez adds the following: "On May 6, 1978, a U.S. photographic monitoring satellite - ID 1972- 052C, Catalogue Number 6096 OPS7830 - weighing 60 kilograms, placed in orbit on 7 July 1972 from Vandenberg AFB aboard a powerful Titan 3D booster, began to experience orbital decay. If this is the object that fell on the border between Salta and Bolivia, U.S. interest in recovering immediately becomes apparent."] Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU Special thanks to Antonio Abarzua of El Tribuno and Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO) ----- A UFO Landing Strip in Argentina? We tend to give contactee-related (or space-brother inspired) news items a wide birth here at Inexplicata, but our friends at Grupo G.A.B.I.E. have sent us a news item from the El Intransigente.comwebsite: http://tinyurl.com/3p6fyo7 regarding the latest effort by somebody somewhere to build a "landing strip for flying saucers". The website informs us that Werner Jaisli - described as wearing druid robes and a trusty pair of cowboy boots to keep him safe against snakes and scorpions - is building an ovnipuerto on the outskirts of Cachi, one of Argentina=92s notorious hotspots for all manner of UFO and paranormal activity. "The construction", says the article, "has a great deal of esoteric drawing to it, as befits the event, and seeks to be a sort of runway for eventual visitors from outer space." Resembling a sort of antique wind rose emblem, the construction was requested "by the space navigators themselves." "Some theories claim that the Nevado de Cachi harbors visitors from space within it, but the fact is none of this can be proven or refuted, beyond Werner=92s ingenious creation." ----- Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. 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