UPDATE (8-Jan-2016): The most likely explanation for this “UFO” is that it was a plane. This detailed analysis of focal length and speed of object concludes “medium-haul aircraft”. The heat signature and shape of the object does suggest conventional dual-engine aircraft. A post on Metabunk has additional details and visuals to show why this case is almost certainly a plane. The details account for why the object was not on radar or able to be contacted (farther away), the “gas release” (aerodynamic contrail) and the shape of the object as two dark blobs (reverse infrared of dual engines flying away from the observers).
This looks like a plane, flying away from the camera considerably higher than the helicopter (somewhere around 15,000 to 25,000 feet), that briefly creates an aerodynamic contrail.
The plane that seems to fit best is LA330, a two engined A320, which was reported to be climbing through 20,000 feet at that exact visual position at 14:01:39. It was actually 65 miles away, not 35-50. This explain why it was not seen on radar (the actual plane was on radar, just not where they thought it was)
Chile has been a world-UFO-hotspot in the past 5 years, and they seem to enjoy it. It strikes me that the official UFO investigation agency, the Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA) is lacking sufficient objectivity and may be biased towards hyping the reality of UFOs as mysterious instead of considerating ALL possible explanations (such as assumptions of distance might be incorrect). Pilots, just like all other people, make mistakes in their observations. The CEFAA organization, formed in 1997, was from the beginning, a pro-UFO team. Here is a quote from a FATE magazine piece about the committee:
From the start, it was obvious that General Vega was totally convinced of the reality of UFOs and wasn’t interested in discussing whether they exist. He said he was working on “a project to collect UFO aircraft and radar cases” and he was well-acquainted with UFOlogical, aeronautical, and metaphysical subjects.
Are we seeing some motivated reasoning in the conclusions of the CEFAA? UFO mystery mongers wish to make all these “unexplained” sightings as mysterious as possible to support their belief that there are genuine anomalies that may be a hazard to society. If so, this belief will skew their evidence collection, analysis, and subsequent conclusions. The release this information to the public has been useful. Independent investigations can occur, which ultimately show that the anomalies can likely be explained. Yet, these incidents that are picked up by the media as “Real UFO over Chile” reflect poorly on the quality of work by the CEFAA and reinforce public belief and fear over UFOs as a threat.
Addition: Robert Sheaffer’s post reinforces the idea that both the CEFAA and Leslie Kean are doubtful sources to trust.
Original post (6-Jan-2016)
The buzz is hot today about footage released by the Chilean navy showing an unidentified object (U.F.O in the literal sense) in the sky recorded by military helicopter on November of 2014. The story was written by Leslie Kean who previously made much of other unidentified anomalies in Chilean airspace as part of her journalism and book.
Chilean experts have been unable to come to any conclusion about what this is. Here is the official press release. The velocity is said to be about the same as the helicopter, around 150 mph. Air traffic radar or onboard radar did not register it. No contact could be made. There was a heat signature recorded when the object apparently released a gas plume (twice) which you can see starting at the 8:15 and 9:42 marks in the video below.
Several possibilities have been posted but rejected. I’m opening up the comments for this one for you to have your say. I am unqualified to say what it could or couldn’t be but one thing I will say is this: just because we don’t yet know exactly what it is DOES NOT in any way lend credence to say that it’s an alien craft (‘UFO’ in the pop culture sense). There is a reasonable possibility it is new, still-secret technology, or (more likely) something we just haven’t thought of. I’m afraid the mystery-mongers are going nuts with this. But one video does not mean we throw up our hands and say “ALIENS!”
I’d like some evidence-based input only, please.
Additional info can also be sent to editor(at)gmail.com. I’ll update this post as more comes in.