The UFO Network
This week, thanks to journo A.J. Grevaerd of Brazilian UFO Magazine, we get a glimpse into Uruguay’s quietly remarkable UFO study program, which has been up and running since 1979.
Try to imagine, for instance, a scenario like this playing out in the U.S.: A bright glowing UFO materializes over a dam and lingers over power lines. A major city simultaneously goes dark. Military interceptors get scrambled to check it out. Slack-jawed ground observers and pilots can only watch as the UFO changes colors from yellow to orange to red during acceleration before vanishing entirely.
This actually happened, in 1986. Montevideo, home to more than half of Uruguay’s 3.3 million residents, briefly lost power. Utility technicians reported its transformers had overheated during the UFO sighting. The culprit was never identified, but authorities never had a problem talking about it on the record.
Recounting this and other events to Grevaerd is Col. Ariel Sanchez, who chairs the Uruguayan Air Force’s Commission for the Reception and Investigation of UFO Reports, or Cridovni. Sanchez said Cridovni conducts “a police style investigation” into the most compelling cases. “Among other resources, we have psychologists in order to make a profile of witnesses,” he added. “We also have astronomers, engineers, pilots, flight controllers, meteorologists, etc...”