“They’re surrounding São Paulo” – air traffic controllers detected UFOs flying around the state. [1984]

On November 11, 1984, from 00:30 to 01:36, 1 aircraft and 4 air traffic control centers in a region close to the city of São Paulo-SP communicated with each other to deal with sightings and detections of several unidentified flying objects over the State of São Paulo.

First, the APP-SP [São Paulo-SP Approach Control] called the ACC-BS [Brasília Area Control Center] reporting that it was detecting an object on the radar at 5NM São Paulo-SP, in the position Southeast. The ACC-BS replied that it had no aircraft flying, but that they also had detected an object flying very slowly, around “13 knots” and changing direction several times.

The Brasília Center triggered the Air Defense that confirmed the detection and was informed that the São Paulo Center had also detected it first. The person in charge of the ACC-BS tells the COpM [Military Operations Center] that it could not be just a confusion with the cloud, at that speed, because “the cloud changing the bow all the time is difficult, right?”.

The Control Tower at the Airport of São Paulo-SP [Congonhas] stated, when contacted, that it was also not an aircraft, as there were no flights there at that time.

The ACC-BS then reports that the previously “very slow” object varied rapidly from 15 knots to 500 knots. This provoked reactions and comments from the São Paulo Tower Operator and the ACC-BS:

  • ACC-BS: Yes, it has changed.
  • TWR-SP: Suddenly?
  • ACC-BS: Suddenly, man.
  • TWR-SP: Ah my brother so you can be sure of that …
  • ACC-BS: That is some…
  • TWR-SP: … who is, Jesus Christ wanting to visit the Earth?
  • ACC-BS: Yeah, I think so too.
  • TWR-SP: No, you can be sure that one day he will come, my brother. Now.
  • ACC-BS: Yes.
  • TWR-SP: Believe whoever wants it right
  • ACC-BS: Not because …
  • ACC-BS: Whether it will come from flying saucer or not is our problem.
  • ACC-BS: Yeah, I noticed.

After disappearing from the radar screens in Brasília and São Paulo for a few moments, the Center of São Paulo informs that it was detecting the object above the city of São Paulo. And the operator of the Tower of São Paulo says at that time that several calls were being made there without him being able to answer them all, even confessing to having turned the phone off for a moment.

In communication with another operator in Brasília, the operator of the São Paulo Tower [Congonhas] states that he viewed the UFO with binoculars and that he was 17 miles from Congonhas Airport. Then it would be 1 mile from the Congonhas VOR.

At this time, more telephone calls are made to TWR-SP, and the operator reports to the center of Brasilia that he had already served 3 civilians. 2 women and a man looking for information about the UFO they were sighting too.

Then, when the TWR-SP operator with the radar detects a UFO over Santana-SP and another over Itanhém-SP, the ACC-BS operator in Brasília states that a UFO was over the Jaraguá neighborhood. At the same time, the TWR-SP operator had already realized that there were not only two, but several UFOs.

ACC-BS and ACC-SP communicated and exchanged information passed on by TWR-SP. At one point, one of the operators reported that he already had a UFO in the region 13 miles from Campinas-SP and in the northern sector of São Paulo. The ACC-BS operator commented that “they are surrounding São Paulo”, and warns that a Boeing 737 aircraft was approaching São Paulo so, that the ACC-SP should contact Brasilia in case “this gang flies over him” and that if that happened it was for him to warn.

The UFO detections then appear in other areas such as Ubatuba-SP and São José dos Campos-SP, and the ACC-BS Operator informed that there is a UFO “well bonded with VARIG 956” approaching São Paulo.

In the end, São Paulo Control Center came to detect “8 primary, clear targets, one far from the other”


Cf. ARQUIVO NACIONAL (Brasil). Sistema de Informações do Arquivo Nacional (SIAN). Fundo ‘Objeto Voador Não Identificado (OVNI)’. Código de Referência BR DFANBSB ARX.0.0.239. “OVNI”. Brasília, DF. 1952 a 2015. Último acesso realizado em 27/05/2020.

The BRAZILIAN UFO ARCHIVES website is a private initiative and IS NOT endorsed or sponsored by the Arquivo Nacional do Brasil [see our ‘Info’ page]. *THE ORIGINAL FILE WITH THE CASE REFERRED TO IN THIS TEXT CAN BE FOUND IN THE DOCUMENTAL COLLECTION OF “ARQUIVO NACIONAL DO BRASIL, LOCATED IN THE “OBJETO VOADOR NÃO IDENTIFICADO (OVNI)” FUND, UNDER THE REFERENCE CODE [“Código de Referência”] MENTIONED ABOVE. HERE IS THE LINK TO SEARCH THEIR WEBSITE <

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