August 28, 1986. Time: 20:40. Duration: 40 minutes. Two pilots from two different planes flying between the region of Franca [State of São Paulo] and Triângulo Mineiro [State of Minas Gerais], reported sightings of an unidentified flying object. According to the Brasília-DF Approach Control report, TAM’s TF-585 flight, at around 9:00 pm, “was seeing unidentified flying objects near its aircraft when it was flying over Uberaba, in the state of Minas Gerais. A pilot from another aircraft, PP-EFC, spotted around 8:00 pm the “light” in the same position.
The TF-585 pilot reported that he noticed “an object in the aircraft’s 3-hour position; before Araguari”, State of Minas Gerais. The UFO was “similar to a landing gear headlight”, white in color and flying at an estimated speed of 400 km/h, following the TF-585. The UFO followed the pilot’s aircraft while “quickly varying in level and the light flashed when the Bandeirante [TF-585] flashed the lights.” The pilot reported that, with him, the sighting was also made by the co-pilot and 11 other people on the aircraft.
The TF-585 co-pilot reported that the UFO had an oval shape, was the size of a Bandeirante model airplane [like the TF-585] and that it was about 5km away from his aircraft and that the same unknown object “maintained the 3-hour position for 40 minutes – heading 195° and moved away in São Joaquim da Barra [State of São Paulo]”. Like the pilot, his TF-585 colleague also reported that “when the Bandeirante turned the lights on and off, the object did the same”, that is, it copied various actions of the TAM aircraft.
Cf. ARQUIVO NACIONAL (Brasil). Sistema de Informações do Arquivo Nacional (SIAN). Fundo ‘Objeto Voador Não Identificado (OVNI)’. Código de Referência BR DFANBSB ARX.0.0.247. “Transcrição de ocorrências de avistamento de objetos voadores não identificados em diversas regiões e localidades, por embarcações e aeronaves no decorrer de agosto de 1986”. Brasília, DF. 1952 a 2015. Último acesso realizado em 27/05/2020.
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