Argentina: Decision to Create Official UFO Commission Confirmed
By Paulo R. Poian
After another military man remarked only a few days ago behind closed doors, the official verbal communiqué has been issued.
According to the AFP and Terra news agencies, a spokesperson for the Argentinean Air Force (AAF) has confirmed today (Dec. 29) the decision to create a commission to record and investigate claims of unidentified flying objects in that country’s air space.
“The Commission for the Research of Aerospatial Phenomena is in the process of being formed,” said Captain Mariano Mohaupt, the AAF’s media consultant. The officer disclosed that the Air Force has already recorded the unexplained experiences of some of its pilots, “and now things will be perceived from the formal, professional standpoint, contributing toward our mission, which is to control our air space.”
The team would be multidisciplinary in nature, including meteorologists, flight controllers, pilots and radar specialists, and shall receive reports made by citizens regarding phenomena seen in space. “There are many reports that are later investigated, and they turn out not involve unconventional events,” explained Mohaupt.
Organizations of this type already exist in other countries of the Southern Cone, such as Uruguay’s Commission for the Receipt and Investigation of Reports on Unidentified Flying Objects (CRIDOVNI), Peru’s Office for the Anomalous Aerial Phenomena Investigation (OIFAA) and Chile’s Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA)
In Brazil, around the 1960s, the Unidentified Aerial Object Research System (SIOANI), located in Sao Paulo engaged in such efforts. The SIOANI files can be downloaded from the Portal de Ufología Brasileira at http://www.ufo.com.br/documentos/novos/. The organization chart and details of the Unidentified Aerial Object Research Central (CIOANI) is also available.
The Brazilian Ufologists Commission (CBU) has proposed reactivating the extinct SIOANI, as a shared endeavor between Aeronautica and interdisciplinary researchers.
In August, Brazil announced that the Comando da Aeronautica shall officially record sightings of UFOS in the country’s airspace.
The authorities will urge civilian and military aircraft pilots, as well as national air traffic controllers, to tell their experiences to this agency, and also furnish any documentary evidence on UFOs.
(Translation (c) 2010 Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Paulo R. Poian, Revista UFO Brasil)