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Tobalaba Case

A circle-shaped object that reflected the morning sun was observed by the ATC staff of Eulogio Sánchez Airdrome in the neighborhood of Tobalaba in Santiago. The object made revolutions on the East side of the field before it posed on a hill’s slope located across the airdrome. The next minute it took off and disappeared to the North-West.

Punta Arenas Case

March 3, 2011

Punta Arenas Radar operator warned the pilot of a commercial DAP airplane, flight 21, about an unknown traffic, detected on the radar, that was moving ahead on his flight trajectory at 4 nautical miles away.

The pilot only observed a blur but made a preventive turn to avoid that blur.

LAN 045 Case

June 1st, 1988

A commercial airplane belonging to LAN Airline Company was about to land in the airport of Puerto Montt, a city in South Chile. The pilot observed an intense light that was coming closer right towards the airplane. 

Immediately, the pilot asked the ATC tower to check if there was any possible traffic on their flight trajectory.The controller replied that there was no other recorded traffic but he as well observed the light getting closer to the airplane. The pilot had to make a sharp turn to avoid a possible collision.

El Bosque Case

November 5, 2010

During an air show at the Bosque Air Base, a few spectators videotaped the flybys. On some of their videos, an object can be seen crossing the airplanes flight trajectories.

This case became famous world-wide. It was analyzed by international experts such as Dr. Bruce Maccabee and Dr. Richard Haines. Read more about the case in the article by Leslie Kean: "Update on Chilean UFO Videos: Getting the Bugs Out"

Arica Case

October 7, 1997

At 9 p.m. local time, a Chilean military aircraft was flying to practise his skills at night in Chacalluta Airport, in Arica, North of Chile.  

The air controller received calls from the city reporting on UFO and asked the pilot about it. The latter reported a light to the West changing position at high speed.

 See the video of the radio communication between pilot and ATC.

Pudahuel Case


Pudahuel is the former name of Santiago Airport, today called Arturo Merino Benítez.

An air controller who was then on duty at Cerro Colorado Radar relayed to the CEFAA the recording of communications between three aircrafts, each of them on a different frequency, reporting the observation of lights which changed colors on the airport West side and by the Ventana area. 

Those lights would come nearer and go away from West to East and vice versa. One of the aircrafts described one of the lights as a train with a powerful white light and many windows. The two other aircrafts confirmed this description, which has also been attested by the ATC tower of Los Cerrillos and of Arturo Merino Benítez Airport