- For over four years the country of Mexico has been inundated
by unidentified flying objects. Though this is the longest running, most
expansive, and most documented series of UFO sightings ever recorded, few
people outside this Latin American nation have any knowledge of these remarkable
- THE FIRST WAVE
- Shortly after midday, July 11, 1991, two physical events
of historic proportion simultaneously unfolded above the ancient Anahuac
Valley, which today cradles the largest metropolis, Mexico City. The concurrent
appearance of these two spectacular visuals were entwined in a cord that
tied the present to the past.
- The early peoples of Mexico vanished long ago, but their
elaborate astronomical and mathematical formulas remain accurate to this
day. Over one thousand years have passed since the great Mayan astronomers
and seers foretold the emergence of the Sixth Sun of the Quetzacoatl, a
Tiger Sun, born of the total solar eclipse of July 11, 1991. Both revered
and feared by past societies, exclipses have traditionally been attributed
to transcendental aspects of life. In the Codices, the tattered remnants
of a once great civilisation, the Maya recorded their prophetic significance
of the transition into the Sixth Sun as the harbinger of two life-altering
occurrences: 'cosmic awareness through encounters with the masters of the
stars and coming earth changes.'
- For modern science, the 1991 eclipse became the focal
point of research. Accompanied by sensitive, highly technical tools, scientists
gathered in force to record and examine the celestial crossing. Due to
its lengthy six minute fifty-four second duration, this eclipse had been
labelled a once-in-a lifetime experience, and everyone in its path wanted
to participate. As astronomers carefully calibrated their delicate observational
instruments, the public assembled their own less technical tools.
- Cameras, coloured filters, papers with pinholes, and
camcorders were readied. The mood was festive as people converged on the
streets and rooftops in anticipation. It seemed that all twenty million
plus inhabitants were looking up.
- From atop the roof of his small mission, Padre Ferre,
a Catholic priest, carefully positioned his camcorder to record the episode.
As the sky began to darken, Padre Ferrer focused on a luminous orb.
- Shortly before the moon began crossing the path of the
sun, David Alamilla video-taped something he never expected to see. 'Through
the black and white viewfinder I thought it was a star or a planet. Now
that I have seen my video, I don't believe that it was a star.' David was
among the first to film a stationary, silvery, disc-shaped object that
hovered silently below the eclipsing sun. But he wasn't alone. Minutes
before, as well as throughout the duration of, and after, the eclipse of
July 11 1991, seventeen different people, unknown to each other, in four
different cities, captured this shiny, hovering, unidentified craft on
- Thus began what has become the longest ongoing UFO camcorder
flap in history; a prescient event whose reality was founded in the residue
of myth and legend left to us by the vanished cultures of MesoAmerica.
The sixth sun, whose precise arrival had been mathematically determined
over twelve hundred years ago, was a singular moment in linear time prophesied
by the Maya as the inauguration of changes. 'Cosmic Awareness brought about
through encounters with masters of the stars' began with the UFO sightings
during the transition into the era of the Sixth Sun, and continues today.
- Taking the Maya legend a step further, and providing
a glimpse into the future, an Aztec prophecy states; 'the sons of the Sixth
Sun will be the first to journey to new worlds in the stars'. The second
phases of both prophecies speak of a world in turmoil caused by 'the death
of the old ways and the birth of the new'.
- Deciphering portions of the Dresde Codex, archaeologists
uncovered passages relating to the 1991 eclips, including the following
- 'Mother Earth, the End of the Jaguar Knights, the beginning
of a new era that will rise on the ashes of the one before."
- As foretold by the Maya, the new era had begun; the first
wave of UFO activity was in full swing. UFOs, or OVNIs (Objecto Volodaro
No Identificado) as they are called in Mexico, were being seen and video-taped
during the day and at night on a regular basis over Mexico City and surrounding
areas. The media, as curious as the public, also pursued the elusive subject.
The seemingly overt presence of the unidentifieds became the nexus of discussion
during live television programs lasting six and seven hours. The fact that
something was in the skies of of their country was not in question. However,
stimulating and often animated debates raged over where they were from,
why they were here, and _were they dimensional craft_?
- THE SECOND WAVE
- In the spring of 1992 reports of UFOs began coming in
from zona volcanica southeast of the capital. Initially only a few sightings
were recorded, but within weeks the aerial displays were happening on a
daily basis. The second wave of concentrated activity had begun.
- Tracking the unknowns, our investigative team followed
the trail of sightings to the high desert nearnear the city of Atlixco,
where a radio station had become the focus point for hundreds of reports.
- Observations and photographs of the unknowns were front-page
headlines in this city of 100,000 inhabitants. There was no fear expressed
by any of the witnesses, only a sense of interest coupled with a healthy
- Even the local government was unconcerned by the regular
appearance of the unidentified flying objects. Mayor Ordonez explained:
- 'If the OVNIs were going to hurt us, they would have
done it by now. This is a city of one hundred thousand. I would say ninety
percent have seen the OVNIs. That is ninety thousand people. The other
ten percent believe OVNIs are here because their friends and family have
seen them. I don't know what they are, or why they are here now, but it
is certainly not to harm us.'
- Someone that held the same belief is Miguel Larios Cruz,
Commander of the Judicial Police of the State of Puebla. In the volcano
zone southeast of Puebla, while on a late-night stake-out for suspected
drug runners, he and two officers photographed what they assumed was a
narcotic cargo plane. They had hoped that once the 35 mm photograph was
enlarged, serial numbers from the plane could be traced. Instead Instead
the enlargement revealed an orange-coloured spherical object, ringed by
what appeared to be windows emitting light. 'Of course, the police had
heard reports of OVNIs, but...? I didn't believe. Now I do. Even though
I don't know why they want to be here in this area.'
- There was no obvious reason for the UFOs to have changed
location, so in order to closely monitor the activity, an investigative
base camp was established not far from Atlixco, at the foot of the towwering
Mount Popocatepetl. In a bizarre set of circumstances initialised by the
relocation of the unidentifieds, a possible explanation surfaced and the
investigators were introduced to the second phase of the Maya prophecy.
- An exploratory team was sent to the summit of Popcatepetl.
The terrain had been disturbed. Boulders blocked hiking paths. Snow had
melted from Popcatepetl's normally ice-covered cap. It's once placid, crystal
clear lagoon was a broiling discoloured cauldron spewing toxic fumes. Errant
monitoring equipment had failed to notify emergency officials that Mount
Popocatepetl, once a dormant volcano, was now an awakening giant. It seemed
the OVNIs had alerted them instead.Camped beneath the rising plume of smoke,
the prophesied earth changes became a viable reality.
- In May of 1992, journalist Junichi Yaoi and his crew
from Nippon Television joined the investigation team at base camp, where
a stake-out was planned in hopes of capturing an OVNI on film. On a small
knoll known as Casita Blana, the international group was joined by over
one hundred local residents. All were anxiously awaiting the arrival of
- Suddenly the cry 'OVNI! OVNI! OVNI! resounded through
the vast darkness. Then silence fell over the crowd. As the brilliant,
lumbering, triangular-shaped object continued its flight above the desert
floor, people began to cheer.
- An elderly woman knelt to pray. Children, raised to their
father's shoulders, squealed in delight. Wmen applauded and men clanked
bottles of beer, toasting the appearance of the unknowns. The object banked,
flew over the volcano, and vanished. Everyone became quiet. Stillness filled
the air, until someone in the crowd whispered the tones of the movie Close
Encounters! The event on that evening was finished, but the investigators
and their counterparts from Nippon Television had seen and videotaped an
- THE THIRD WAVE
- The people of Mexico remained entranced by the phenomenon.
It had figuratively captured their minds and hearts, but in January 1,
1993, the beginning of the third wave of activity quite literally brought
the world's largest city to a standstill.
- On New Year's Day several UFOs made a lengthy six hour
appearance over Mexico City. Amazed people, of all ages and descriptions,
stood in intersections pointing upward. Traffic on Reforma, the busiest
thoroughfare in the city, came to a halt. The Mexican Air Force was placed
on alert status. Families leaned on stationary automobiles to view the
spectacle. Reports poured into the airport control tower. Youngsters scrambled
up onto rooftops for a better view, while the elderly shared binoculars
on the streets below.
- All news stations televised footage and described the
event in detail. Headlines of every major newspaper in the capital carried
the story the following day. La Prenza, the second largest newspaper in
the country, declared: 'UFOs over Mexico!' and 'Amazement in the Streets
of the Capital!' Column inch after column inch was devoted to the sensational
incident. Television and radio talk shows became non-stop forums on the
subject. Beacause of the sincerity of an open-minded media in Mexico, the
people of this vast country were able to explore this unique experience
on all levels. 1993 began with a situation of historic proportion and consequence
that should have gained world wide importance, but for some unfathomable
reason, journalists in the rest of the world chose to shelter their viewers
and readers from the validity of such a momentous event.
- THE FOURTH WAVE
- For three years sightings remained fairly constant, and
though obvious, the majority of the the objects kept a distance from the
observers. Until August 1994, that is, when the definition of 'UFO encounters'
took on a new meaning.
- Captain Fernando Mezquita and his co-pilot, Captain Carlos
Corzo, were on the last leg of a routine commercial flight from Acapulco
to Mexico City. They were on approach at an altitude of 12,000 feet when
an unidentified object crossed their path. Captain Corzo, a veteran pilot,
explained the frightening situation in these words:
- 'We were coming out of a cloud and I had visual contact
with traffic that had the colour of aluminium, like platinum. It was oval
or round and very fast. It made a manoeuvre that was very difficult; coming
straight for us, it banked and went under us, very, very close to the aircraft.
I thought we were going to crash, so I called the tower. The control tower
informed me that there no other flights in the area, and they had no radar
echoes of any object near us'.
- Captains Mezquita and Corzo were not the only commercial
pilots forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision with an unknown.
Captain Luis Miguel de Leon and Captain Javier Martinez had a similar episode
as they approached Mexico City International. Captain Martinez detailed
- 'We saw it clearly. It was definitely not an airplane.
It shouldn't have been in that zone, that is seperated air space. We made
the final turn to the landing strip and that's whare it was. It was very
close, about five hundred metres. It was an... I don't know. An object.
It wasn't an airplane. It was beautiful. All silver...'
- During the following week a day did not pass without
a UFO being reported by a pilot or crew member of a major airline. Disc-shaped
craft were appearing above, below, to the side of and directly in front
of passenger airliners. Captain Raimundo Ruano was completing an uneventful
flight from Monterey. His DC9 was on a final approach; the landing gear
was down and locked. Everything appeared operational and normal.
- Suddenly the plane lurched forward, as if it had collided
with something in mid-air. Captain Ruano immediately radioed the tower,
reporting the incident and declaring an emergency. Fortunately the jet
touched down safely, but an inspection of the undercarriage revealed that
a strut had been sheared in half.
- Captain Ruano and others are occupying the same air space
as unidentified aircraft. All believe the events were not intentional,
but because of this near tragedy Ruano and one hundred fifty others have
decided to risk their careers by publicly discussing these occurrences.
And they aren't alone. Two air traffic controllers, whos combined experience
totals fifty years, have come forward to verify the pilot's claims.
- 'It is not easy for us to report these kinds of things.
First of all, the pilots have reputations to protect, so do we. But this
information is important, so we have to talk. We know that these things
are flying around the aircraft. The pilots report this and we sometimes
see it on radar. It could be a real danger. These objects fly very close
to the aircraft. And sometimes they just appear, especially when the aircraft
is on final approach. That is very dangerous because our airport is in
- 'We are not afraid of them. We don't know who they are,
why they are here or where they are from. We don't think they want to harm
anyone, but these objects are here. We see them on radr and visually make
contact. We think they should be seriously studied'
- In July of 1991 Jaime Maussan, the host and Editor general
of Mexico's news program 60 Minutes, asked us to participate in the coordination
and correlation of information and materials being gathered on the subject
of UFOs. We have journeyed to the land of the Maya on ten occasions,reviewed
over a thousand videotapes of unknowns, interviewed hundreds of witnesses,
and been present during three video tapings of UFOs. Utilizing a computer
specifically designed for the analysis of raw video data, we have spent
extensive amounts of time examining some of the more spectacular videos.
We have been able to determine that the unknowns have the ability to 'materialize'
or 'dematerialize' in one frame of video, that's 1/30th of a second. The
computer has told us that they appear to be solid objects, highly reflective,
and do not exhibit the normal flight behaviour of aircraft or balloons.
In short, they defy physics as we understand the term.
- Our investigation of this phenomenon in Mexico has lasted
for over four years. It has taken us on a journey that was unexpected and
provided us with more questions than answers. However, the significance
of such visits should not be ignored, even when definitive answers are
elusive. Speculation is the by-product of thought that allows us to seek
new levels of interpretation and understanding.
- Fortunately, in this instance, we are able to consider
and compare ancient legacies of others with current events. As predicted,
cosmic awareness began to unfold because of encounters with the 'masters
of the stars'. Mexico's population embraces the concept of UFOs, without
fear or judgement or expectation.
- Since the emergence of the Sixth Sun this country has
experienced the death of the old and the birth of the new in political,
economic and spiritual arenas. It is witness to the beginning of the second
phase of the prophecies - earth changes. Popocatepetl has threatened to
erupt, sending tremors through the desert floor, billowing ash deposits.
In August 1994 Arizona State University volcanologist, Stanley Williams,
reinforced the level of danger when he stated:
- 'Popocatepetl has changed from being in a very quiet
league to being one of the five most active volcanoes in the world'.
- In January of 1995 the authorities evacuated all surrounding
areas. The volcano had become so ferocious and violent that boulders flew
from the crater and ash covered streets and buildings. Hundreds of earthquakes
rocked the area. In October 1995 the cities of Puebla, Metepec, Atlixco
and numerous small villages remain on alert status.
- The denizens of this area live with a persistent anxiety;
waiting for an eruption that could blanket Mexico City and Puebla in debris
that would literally halt all activities. Yet the people are optimistic,
and as odd as it may seem, many find a form of comfort in the fact that
the UFOs have directed attention to a potentially dangerous issue. Some
even speculate that the OVNIs have helped to quell a destructive eruption
by absorbing energy being generated in the core of the mountain. Others
think that the unidentifieds are capable of altering natural events, such
as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
- Abstractly supportive of these theories is a fact that
it was originally noted by air traffic controllers at Mexico International
Airport, who have been tracking the flights of the unknowns on radar. According
to their statements, when the volcano becomes more active, the UFO activity
also increases. When Popocatepetl rests, the fly-bys are less frequent.
Whatever the reason might be for the synchronized timing of these occurrences,
the unidentifieds are, ina roundabout way, responsible for alerting officials
to Popocatepetl's fury.
- UFOs have become a normal, everyday reality for most
of Mexico's population. Unlike their unidentified counterparts in other
locations in our tiny globe, their aerial antics are generally accepted.
The Mexican media remains unintimidated and curious about their appearances,
openly reporting on their movements. The validity of their existence is
rarely questioned. And they have brought about an intriguing unity of fascination
that has no barrier of clour or class. For the people of Mexico, the tapestry
of their past is woven into the fabric of the present, and they look to
the OVNIs as visitors, friends they have yet to meet.