An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) – Objeto Volador No Identificado (OVNI), in Spanish –  captured on video on Tuesday afternoon near the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or San Jose airport, has caused a stir in social networks.

It is clearly a UFO because no one has managed to determine what the device is. Photo: screenshot.

So far there have been all kinds of theories about what was flying near the airport.

Some followers of UFOs (ufologists) believe that it could be a ship or a kind of “canepla”(cameras directed remotely by spacecraft), but Aviación Civil (Civil Aviation) confirmed it was NOT a UFO.

Civil Aviation insists it was a drone flying in the area of the airport, without the respective permits.

This footage was filmed on December 17, 2019, and in this video we can see this object just cruising so close to Juan Santamaría International Airport that we see the craft fly over one of the airports’ radar towers with a few stunned onlookers just watching this event in amazement. This footage was upload by Alonso MC and to view the original here.

“It doesn’t remind me of any other UFO I’ve seen in a photo or video, that’s why it’s so strange,” Marco Vinicio Gonzalez, ufologist, told La Teja.

The airport is a restricted airspace.

“To fly a drone near an airport, it is necessary to have a permit that must be authorized by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation that considers the area of operation of the drone and if it will interfere with the altitudes and trajectories of the air traffic control procedures,” says Luis Miranda, head of Unidad de Administración at Civil Aviation.

Miranda added, “If the operation of the drone is authorized, aeronautical information would be issued to restrict, if necessary, the operation of aircraft or the drone itself”.

However, Warren Campos and Geovanny Montero, two drone experts speaking to La Teja, see it differently from Civil Aviation.

Campos said drones are blocked and cannot fly near the airports when they are brand, but if they are homemade they could do it.

Montero completely ruled out that it was a drone, for him, rather, it is a hot air balloon.

“It could never be a drone, it looks like a square balloon. Civil Aviation says it is a drone because they charge about three thousand dollars a license and then everything is a drone. A group of people who have drones analyzed the video and we are sure that it is not one, it is a hot air balloon,” said Montero.

It is clearly a UFO because no one has managed figure out what it is, though it may not be from outer space, aliens checking out the San Jose airport conditions before…

Ufologist Marco Vinicio González said that the size and speed of the device caught his attention and added that he will try to talk with the person who took one of the videos (there are two) to get a better version of the facts.

This image was captured on the Turrialba volcano on September 15, 2018. Photo: Alejandro Saénz

“The more witnesses makes the event more credible. It is a UFO because we have no certainty of what it is. As long as it is not identified, it is a UFO,” he said.

Another ufologist, Óscar Sierra, said that propellers cannot be seen, but from a certain angle you can see metal, ruling out that is a hot air ballon

“I see it strange, I don’t think it’s a balloon, they’re not made of metal or the wind would sustain them,” said Sierra.

In online chats or groups there is talk of the event being a publicity stunt. But no company or organization has made claim to it. Not yet.

Consulting the Ministry of Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública – MSP), they passed the buck to Civil Aviation. The MSP arm, Servicio de Vigilancia Área de Seguridad – airport Air Surveillance Service, assured they saw nothing, that is, did not detect anything.