The latest documentary based on the bizarre ‘Night of the UFOs’ features a chilling audio clip of a Brazilian fighter pilot encountering one of the many UFOs that appeared over Brazil in May 1986.
On May 19, 1986, a long-running event occurred in Brazil involving the sighting of 21 UFOs by numerous civilian and military witnesses in four states: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and Goiás.
At that time, the Brazilian Air Force (FSB) deployed its fighter jet to intercept the objects.
According to information released by the Brazilian authorities, the fighter pilots sent to track these objects were mostly disoriented by what they saw. In the mysterious event, five air force pilots saw up to 21 objects appear and disappear without any plausible explanation.
A recently released documentary, ‘Moment of Contact’ based on the incident, features a radio message sent by one of the fighter pilots to the control tower.
The audio played in the film is from the moment the pilot encountered the UFO in what would be one of the strangest moments in his life. The pilot yells: “It’s not a plane, what is it?” in a chilling audio that has stunned the public.
The documentary is not the first to explore the theme of the ‘Night of the UFOs’ engraved in the consciousness of Brazilians. It’s probably the first to feature the original audio clip. On the night of these sightings, the pilots saw objects moving at 11,500 mph (Mach 15) and did not show up on the aircraft’s radars.
The documentary is significant when Unidentified Aerial Objects (UFOs) are being seriously explored by politicians, air force officials, space scientists, and national security officials around the world. The United States held a mass hearing to coincide with the anniversary of the ‘Night of the UFOs’ in May.
The Brazilian Senate also held a special session on June 24 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World Ufology Day, observed by UFO experts and enthusiasts.
It’s also worth noting that UFO sightings around the world have increased significantly. In the US alone, incidents increased from 143 to 400 in just over a year. Even after decades, the US, Russia and China are intensively studying mysterious phenomena.
What happened on the night of the UFOs?
At around 8:00 p.m. on the night of the incident, Sergeant Sergio Mota da Silva, air traffic controller at the Sao José dos Campos airport in Sao Paulo, noticed a light in the sky from the control tower of an airport near the city. This marked the beginning of the Night of the UFOs.
Mota was intrigued by this unusual activity, so he approached tower controllers at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport to see if a plane was flying toward his runway. The answer was no, and while he was still speaking, the object disappeared.
However, the object appeared again after a while, each time shining brighter than the first. According to Mota’s account of the incident, he looked through binoculars to get a better look at the object and found it unusual, light and multicolored. In one of his interviews with the BBC, he said: “If they were trying to interact with me, I don’t know. What I do know is that they behaved intelligently.”
Shortly after the objects were sighted, three fighter jets were scrambled, including a Mirage F-103, which took off just before 11 p.m. with Captain Armindo Sousa Viriato at the controls. According to the pilot, his plane was flying at a speed of 1,000 mph, but as he was about to approach the object, it accelerated to a speed of 11,500 mph or approximately 15 times the speed of sound.
In the aftermath of the ‘UFO Night’ incident, air force pilots admitted they had no idea what they had witnessed. According to the accounts of these pilots, they were entrusted with the duty of approaching and identifying these objects.
However, they were unable to get close to these fast-moving alien objects, let alone identify them.
The Sun quoted the air force pilot, Lieutenant Kleber Caldas Marinho, as saying: “I followed contact to approximately 30,000 feet when I lost radar contact and was left with only visual contact.”
On May 23, 1986, at 4:30 p.m., the then Minister of Aeronautics, Brigadier Octávio Júlio Moreira Lima, called a press conference to inform the press that five FAB fighter planes were chasing 21 UFOs. At the time, he told reporters: “It’s not about whether or not you believe in extraterrestrial beings. We can only give technical information. There are several assumptions. Technically, I would tell you that we have no explanation.”
Almost all investigations and debates about UFOs that have been seen in Brazil multiple times have focused on the ‘Night of the UFO’ incident due to the magnitude and large number of witnesses.
Global interest in unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) was reignited by the historic US Congressional hearing on UFOs held in May for the first time in more than 50 years, and the Russian governments The US and China also announced their investigations on the subject.