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(QCOSTARICA) Alien sightings (like in UFO) in Costa Rica are not new. One of the more recent is this year, an eye-witness report and photograph of a saucer-shaped UFO near the Irazú volcano, according to the world’s oldest and largest  UFO phenomenon investigative body, Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

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It was at 11:06am on February 24, 2016 that the UFO sighting was made outside the Irazú national park. The weather was good, lots of sunlight and no clouds. “This volcano is 3,400 meters of altitude above sea level (11,260 feet) close to the biosphere, so we were above the clouds,” the witness stated. “Like when you fly on an airplane, the sky was really clear so at 11 a.m. on that altitude part of the sky was light black.”

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This ship has a lot of similarities to the Friendship case craft in Rocca Pia, Italy says www.ufosightingsdaily.com.

Ufosightingsdaily.com‘s report of the same sighting said, “This UFO was seen over a Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica this week. It was probably exiting an underground base that is 4-5 km below the volcano. Aliens often chose high peaks and volcanos to make a base below, because of their secludedness and difficulty for humans to explore. Thus, the risk of them being seen is low.”

In September 2015, the Huffington Post reported, “Photographer Captures Strange Organic-Looking UFO Over Costa Rica”. In their report, the Huff said, “A photographer has captured what looks to be a weird almost organic-looking UFO in Costa Rica.”

UFO-hunters.com lists Costa Rica sightings and locations dating back to June 15, 1969 in Alajuelita (south side of San Jose), a sighting that lasted 5 hours, in this case a “formation”. The website also lists “disk” sightings that range from a flash to an hour.  Click here for the sightings list.

Image from of UFO sightings in Costa Rica dating back to 1969.
Image from of UFO-Hunters.com sightings in Costa Rica dating back to 1969.

Considered one of the “best in the world photograph” of a UFO sighting is that taken by members of the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) – National Geographic Institute, on September 4, 1971 at 8:25am.

In a report by Crhoy.com, at the time, the IGN was taking photographs for the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) to create a map to determine where the water would come from for the acquisition of land to develop the Arenal dam project.

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That was when Sergio Loaiza, along with Juan Bravo and Francico Reyes, were flying in a Canadian made Areo-Commander model F680. Loaiza had a NRK 15-23 camera, weighing 100 lbs, on the floor of the airplane. On that day he was in charge of aerial photography.

Flying at 10,000 feet, the camera fired every 13 seconds.

No one realized anything strange in the photos taken. They were saved. It was later when IGN employees noticed the object, while doing a study to connect Lago De Cote and the Arenal lagoon, which also belonged to ICE.

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Loaiza was in charge of reveiwing the photos, recounting that while enlarging the images and then examining the negative closely, they realized what had been photographed.

“At the time we were completely banned from talking about it, we could not tell anyone,” said Loaiza.

In 1979, Ricardo Vílchez send the photo to the now defunct organization, Ground Saucer Watch (GSW).

That same year, the photos were published in the Costa Rica media. A decade later, the photographs became part of the “Journal of Scientific Exploration“, which once again discarded the UFO sighting, considering them a photo montage.

Oscar Sierra, UFO researcher based in Costa rica, said the photographs were analyzed in the France and the U.S., where different bodies studied the case and determined it to be real.

According to Loaiza, the plane was piloted by Omar Arias, an experienced pilot, and the camera donated by Germany to the Instituto Geográfico (Geographic Institute). He also noted that the equipment used was special, to the point that if there had been a speck of dust between the lens and film, the equipment would not have worked.

“There was no possibility (of an error). There was no trick, we did not even realized it at the time”.

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