Monday, October 24, 2011

A small plane disappears while sighting a UFO near Puerto Rico

You're probably familiar with the disappearance of Frederick Valentich and his Cessna aircraft while being followed by a UFO over the Bass Straits between Australia and Tasmania. But have you ever heard of a similar incident that occurred near Puerto Rico?

At 6:10 pm (18.10 hrs.), on June 28, 1980, Jose Maldonado Torres and his friend, Jose Pagan Santos, took off from Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in an Ercoupe aircraft marked N3808H. The Ercoupe was owned by Jose Pagan Jimenez (Jose Pagan Santos’ father), an Air Police Officer for Puerto Rico. They were bound for home in Puerto Rico.

At 8:03 pm (20.03 hrs.), at the Las Mesas site, several aircraft picked up radio transmissions from the N3808H aircraft:

'Mayday, Mayday, Ercoup three, eight, zero, eight, Hotel. We can see a strange object in our course, we are lost, Mayday, Mayday.'

An Iberia Airlines Flight IB-976 en route from Santo Domingo to Spain responded to the Mayday and received a reply:

'Ah we are going from Santo Domingo to ah San Juan International airport but we found ah a weird object in our course that made us change course about three different times we got it right in front of us now at one o'clock, our heading is zero seven zero degrees… our altitude one thousand six hundred at zero seven zero degrees… our VORs got lost off frequency…'

Iberia Flight IB-976 then relayed a message to N3808H that San Juan Center asked them to turn on their transponder.

The N3808H aircraft replied that the Ercoup was not equipped with a transponder. At 8:06 pm (20.06 hrs.), Iberia IB-976 asked for their call sign, estimated position, and received this reply:

'Right now we are supposed to be at about thirty-five miles (56 km) from the coast of Puerto Rico, but we have something weird in front of us that make us lose course all the time, I changed our course a second (unintelligible) our present heading right now is three hundred we are right again in the same stuff, sir.'

They were not heard from again. At 8:12 pm (20.12 hrs.), the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range verified the last radar position of N3808H as thirty-five miles (56 km) west of Puerto Rico.

A search was mounted that included Santos' father focused on this last radar position. It was discontinued after two days when no trace had been found. No trace was ever found.


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Although there have been many unexplained sightings in the town of Lajas, the situation there has been hyped by the amount of lies and exaggeration by a group of so-called, "ufologists" who ignore other areas of Puerto Rico to promote tourism in Lajas. That was evident when my wife and my daughter confronted a terrifying experience in the town of Aguada with extraterrestrials and that group of charlatans refused our plea for help. Of course, if it happened in Lajas they would have jumped on the opportunity for fame and tourism for that town. Those hoaxes and lies were approved and sanctioned by the then mayor of that town who named route 303 "The extraterrestrial route". The idea of building an "UFOport" (ovnipuerto), “la llorona sightings" and the biggest hoax of them all, "that a UFO crashed there" all this could only be found in a science fiction novel.

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