AUG 8th, 1997. Time: 19h40 pm. Duration: 15 seconds. Right after takeoff at Salvador Airport, State of Bahia, bound for Rio de Janeiro Airport, RJ, about 20 NM [nautical miles] from Salvador, the VARIG 343 flight crew spotted “a luminous spot when crossing FL090 “[altitude 9,000 ft] with the naked eye,. According to the witnesses’ report, the UFO was large, blue, shaped like a “comet with a tail”, and was relatively close when it passed going in a West/East direction at high speed. The COMDABRA [Brazilian Aerospace Defense Command] report also informs that the report was communicated by the VARIG 343 crew with the aircraft still in flight.
Cf. ARQUIVO NACIONAL (Brasil). Sistema de Informações do Arquivo Nacional (SIAN). Fundo ‘Objeto Voador Não Identificado (OVNI)’. Código de Referência BR DFANBSB ARX.0.0.494. “Questionário sobre a ocorrência de objeto voador não identificado avistado na rota Rio-Salvador”. Brasília, DF. 1952 a 2015. Último acesso realizado em 27/05/2020.
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