A group of investigators with varied backgrounds in science and technology have released a 161-page report on a UFO video filmed over Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, from a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aircraft on April 25, 2013.
Although the investigators concluded in the report that the "anomalous phenomenon" that flew in from the sea could not be identified as the product of human technology, it stopped short of claiming the video presents a demonstration of advanced alien technology.
However, some members of the UFO community are claiming that the sighting gives evidence of an alien base under the ocean off the coast of Puerto Rico, and that the video provides undeniably authentic demonstration of advanced alien technology.
Open Minds-TV's Alejandro Rojas explains that the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) learned about the video through a person acquainted with the DHS pilot who filmed it. The person contacted MUFON through Daina Chaviano, a writer who has links with the group.
According to Open Minds-TV, DHS employees who communicated with investigators admitted that the video cause a stir among DHS officials who saw it.
But the investigators said in the newly released report that they have duly "vetted and identified" the source of the video and confirmed its authenticity with regard to the claim that it was filmed from a DHS aircraft equipped with thermal imaging systems.
The investigators were able to obtain detailed data and general information about the incident from a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) to the U.S. Air Force. They were also able to obtain relevant information from the airport which confirmed that a FedEX flight was delayed due to the sighting.
The airport tower had tracked the object for about 15 minutes on radar before the DHS aircraft took off at about 9:16 p.m. on April 25, 2013.
The UFO was first sighted at about 9:20 p.m. by the crew of the DHC-8 Turboprop aircraft of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) -- an agency of the DHS -- soon after the aircraft took off from the Rafael Hernandez Airport in Puerto Rico.
The crew reported observing "a pinkish to reddish light over the ocean in their vicinity and approaching towards south." The pilot called the control tower for information about the incoming traffic. The control tower confirmed the presence of an object but could not determine its identity.
The DHC-8 crew began tracking and filming the object using the airplane's thermal imaging system, but the pilot did not approach it. The plane kept within a circumference of the object, which turned off its lights as soon as left the ocean and began flying over land.
With the help of thermal imaging and video analysis experts, the investigators determined that the UFO came in from the ocean -- north or northwest -- flew over the airport airstrip and then turned and flew back to the ocean.
The report analysis broke the flight of the object into two halves, based on their ability to determine the exact flight path. The investigators said they were unable to determine the exact location and flight path of the UFO during the first half of the flight, but they were more certain of the location, and thus the flight path, of the object during the second half of its flight.
"The object was between three to five feet in length and its speed varied between approximately 40 mph to 120 mph. Its median speed was roughly 80 mph."The report acknowledged that the object exhibited characteristics unlike any known aircraft or natural object. For instance, in the 4-minute video, the UFO appeared to fly through water for about half a mile before it emerged again without losing speed significantly.
"Its speed through the water reached a high of 95 mph and average 82.8 mph."The video also shows it flying at high speed over land before it plunges into the ocean. It appears to be morphing into different shapes as it flies.
Towards the end of the video, two objects appear, but it is uncertain whether the UFO broke into two or whether a second similar object joined it in flight.
The researchers considered different possible explanations of the UFO, including the unlikely possibility that it was a balloon. They concluded from the speed and manner in which the object changed direction in the context of prevailing wind speeds that it was not a balloon.
They also ruled out the suggestion that it was a bird. Although it appeared dark in the thermal video like a bird, the investigators noted that it was moving much faster than any known bird in the area.
The investigators also looked at the possibility that it was a military drone being developed by the Navy. They were able to confirm that the Navy was working on an aircraft called the "Flimmer" that could fly through the air and then plunge underwater without losing much speed.
However, they also confirmed that the Navy had not yet tested their Flimmer drones in water, and that the speed of the UFO exceeded the maximum that the "Flimmer" was able to attain in the air.
Although the researchers acknowledged that the Navy might have withheld information, they thought it was unlikely that the military authorities would put civilian air traffic at risk by testing a drone in civil airspace and over airport runways without the knowledge of the civil aviation authorities.
They admitted that they were unable to identify the object and said they were willing to consider "reasonable" suggestions.
"There is no explanation for an object capable of traveling under water at over 90 mph with minimal impact as it enters the water, through the air at 120 mph at low altitude through a residential area without navigational lights, and finally to be capable of splitting into two separate objects. No bird, no balloon, no aircraft, and no known drones have that capability."However, some have declared that the object was an alien UFO or a craft of extraterrestrial origin.
An anonymous person claiming knowledge of the incident, who sent a letter and a high resolution version of the thermal video to the The Black Vault editor John Greenwald, argued that the sighting was evidence of existence of an alien base under the ocean off the coast of Puerto Rico. The person also claimed that the video reveals an authentic demonstration of advanced alien technology.
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