A spate of UFO sightings dubbed ‘Night of the UFOs’ has been outlined this week ahead of a Brazilian Senate hearing into the UFO phenomenon.
Things kicked off on the evening of May 19, 1986 when Brazilian air force air traffic controller Sergeant Sergio Mota da Silva witnessed a light in the sky from the control tower of an airport near Sao Paulo.
“It doesn’t go up or down, it doesn’t go to the left or to the right, it’s just standing there,” he said.
He explained that it was not a plane, yet seemed to behave in an “intelligent” manner.
Then at around 8pm on the same night, some 2,000 cadets and officers at an air force training school witnessed mysterious lights in the sky in the same general area.
An hour later, an aircraft pilot reported multiple lights when landing at the same airport.
Two passenger planes in the area also reported witnessing the same phenomenon.
These potential incursions into Brazilian airspace were taken seriously enough for jets to be scrambled to intercept the objects, however the pilots had trouble locking on to them.
“Sometimes, the pilots had visual contact with the targets, but the radars did not register anything,” said Mota. “Other times, the radars even picked up the presence of objects, but the pilots could not see them.”
When one of the jet pilots attempted to close in on the target, the object suddenly accelerated away at a speed estimated to be around 15 times the speed of sound.
The pilot eventually lost contact with the object at around 30,000ft.
“If there is a plane that can develop that speed, I don’t know of it,” he said.
To this day, no explanation for the objects witnessed that night has ever been found.