Category 11 Case Directory
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AVCAT is a special project being conducted by NICAP, with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of AIRCAT, Dr. Richard Haines, and other sources, to create a comprehensive listing of sightings from aircraft with detailed documentation from these sources, including Projects SIGN, GRUDGE & BLUE BOOK.

Plane Encounters Saucer & Radio Goes Dead
February 2, 1955
Barquisimento, Venezuela

11:15 GMT
Duration ??
aircraft airliner ??
South America
2 observers
No radar contact

Fran Ridge:
February 2, 1955; 25-30 miles SW of Barquisimento, Venezuela
11:15  GMT. A Venezuelan Aeropost airliner  piloted by Captain Dario Celis, a famous Venezuelan flyer, was flying at 7,500 ft feet between Barquisimento and Valera (enroute from Maiquetia to Merida. It was a clear day, with unlimited visibility. Suddenly Captain Celis and his co-pilot spotted a strange round "apparatus" flying swiftly toward the plane. Rotating counter clockwise, the mysterious machine shone with a greenish light. Around its center was a red ring or band which emitted flashes of brilliant light. Above and below this band were lighted portholes. Hurriedly the pilot cut in his mike to call the Barquisimeto radio station. After reporting the saucer, he waited for an answer, but the receiver had had gone dead. Later the Barquisimeto radio operators stated that just as the pilot had begun his report, communication was cut off. As the pilot went back to alert the passengers, the co-pilot banked toward the rotating UFO. Instantly the object whirled downward. Then leveling off, it raced away at tremendous speed. When the plane landed, the pilots learned of the sudden break in radio communication not only at Barquisimento, but at Valera, which was also receiving the information. Not until the airliner was a few miles from Valera airport had the radio resumed normal operation. (Source: Dr. Richard Haines files case 15; from The Flying Saucer Conspiracy, Major Donald Keyhoe) Case  15   

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