- The light that hovered over his car made him pass out.
When he woke up, he was over 10 km. from where the encounter occured...
- EFE News Agency May 14, 2002
- (EFE) - An electrician claims having been abducted by
a UFO while traveling by car between two towns in southern Chile. Gabriel
Encina, 47, states that the strange experience occured six years ago,
but that the anguish he experienced kept him from disclosing it until
now. "No one can keep me from thinking that I was abducted by something
or someone. What I saw wasn't an airplane or a flying saucer--it was simply
a very bright light that landed on top of my car," said Gabriel Encina
in an interview published by "El Diario Austral de Temuco".
- Encina notes that he never discussed the subject and
that only his wife and close friends knew about it. "I know that
others will call me a madman." "In spite of the time that's
elapsed, I'm still a bit affected by it. Ever since that abduction, I
have headaches, migraines and bone trouble," he explained. "I
have difficulty sleeping, I'm afraid of dreaming, and when I close my eyes
I see that light following me, moving slowly toward me."
- Chile , a nation of 15.5 million inhabitants, ranks
fifth among the countries having the greatest number of UFO sightings,
after the USA, Peru, Brazil and Russia. Encina recalled that the incident
occured on June 27, 1996 at 20:00 hrs. (24:00 GMT) while traveling between
Los Sauces and Angol in the La Araucania region, 608 km to the south of
Santiago, under clear skies and the damp weather characteristic of that
winter season. "I suddenly saw a very bright white light some 3 meters
in diameter which appeared and descended and followed me. I accelerated,
but curiously, the car lost speed," he added. He says that when
the light landed on his vehicle, the radiance was so intense that he could
make out dust particles floating in the air. "That's when I felt
anguished and passed out."
- According to Encina, when he awoke, both he and his
car were some 12 km. from where the encounter with the alleged UFO took
place. "My legs trembled and my head hurt. I was surprised that my
wristwatch had stopped at 20:05 hours, althought almost an hour had elapsed
since the encounter," Encina explained.
- In mid-April of 2001, Erasmo Mena, an expert with the
Centro Informativo para el Fenomeno OVNI en America Latina (CIFOAL) disclosed
the "massive" presence of UFOs between the cities of Angol and
Victoria which could be seen by the unaided eye. Until 1990, Chile experienced
over 400 sightings and the country's northern region was the scenario of
a number of cases, such as so-called close encounters of the third kind
and the abduction of a Chilean army corporal by the crewmembers of alleged
- Translation (C) 2002 Scott Corrales Institute of Hispanic
Ufology Special thanks to Ing. Marco Reynoso, Fundación Cosmos