A FAB plane carried out an evasive maneuver to avoid collision with a UFO in Rio de Janeiro [1980]

A plane of the Brazilian Air Force, FAB C-115 2350, on August 26th, 1980, with 4 people on board, was flying between Santa Maria, State of Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro-RJ, and when they were near São João do Meriti, State of Rio de Janeiro, the plane had to carry out an evasive maneuver to avoid collision with a UFO.

Reports from the military on board the plane FAB C-115 2350. Translation:

Colonel-Av F.B.M.M.

“At 5:50 pm, on the 26th of August 1980, as a crew member of the C-115 2350, when leaving the “Caxias Position”, at an altitude of 2.000ft, under VFR conditions, with “Meriti” and “Afonsos” heading, aligned on the same magnetic marking, I spotted the ILS Track 09 GL Plane Trajectory, that is, 3-hour high in relation to my aircraft, with an intense yellow light that I thought was, at first, the headlight of an airplane moving in that trajectory towards me.

I informed Control RJ of this observation and received a reply that at that time there was no other aircraft in the vicinity of my plane. As the “light” increased in intensity and moved in Collision Course, I alerted Cap J. L. as he was like (1P), and that he had already observed and was following the displacement of the “light”. Realizing the imminence of a collision, he made a quick evasive maneuver to the right and resumed the AF bow.

After this maneuver, we no longer saw “light” or any silhouette of a flying object. To avoid further speculation, I commented to the crew that we should have suffered an optical phenomenon from the refraction of sunset light, in ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere, considering that in FL 090 we had flown for more than 3 hours from Santa Maria (RS), we had found ice formations. […]”

1ST SARGEANT L.B.M

“I, 1S QRT COMM L.B.M., serving in the 1st / 1st GTT, declare that at approximately 17:35P on 08/26/80, when we were returning from Santa Maria in the aircraft C-115 2350, with crew members Cel M. (2P ), Cap JL (1P), 1S M. (1RT), 3S C. (1MC), in the stretch Galeão / Afonsos I felt a sudden deviation of the aircraft to the right, commanded by the 1P, when it was flying at about 1,000 FT. The action immediately taken was to question the ACC RJ regarding the existence of any known traffic in the area, obtaining a negative statement.

Later, it came to my attention that the “sudden deviation” was caused by the existence of a shiny and unidentified object, which was on a collision course.

Larger details I am not able to provide, considering that in that moment I was in the cargo compartment placing the navigation material in the briefcase. Nothing more to declare. LBM -1S / Radio-Telegraphist at FAB 2350./

3RD SARGEANT P.C.F.

I, 3S Q ANV P.C.F. currently serving on the 1st / 1st CTT, I declare that on the 26th of August 1980, when I was returning from Santa Maria [RS] at the FAB 2350, I saw something around 17:35P, near the locality of São João de Meriti [RJ] [something] unidentified with a great beam of light as if it were a large aircraft making, perhaps, a correction for the long end of runway 09 of Galeão. I also observed an almost vertical trajectory described by the object, which at the moment seemed to be hovering in the vertical direction and with a tendency to approach, since we were practically on the same axis. Suddenly when the pilot tried to deviate from his route, the light went out, leaving no trace, that is, nothing visible. Nothing more to declare./PCF 3S-Mechanic of FAB 2350./


Cf. ARQUIVO NACIONAL (Brasil). Sistema de Informações do Arquivo Nacional (SIAN). Fundo ‘Objeto Voador Não Identificado (OVNI)’. Código de Referência BR DFANBSB ARX.0.0.206. “Encaminhamento de relatório e declarações de tripulantes de aeronave Fab relativos a objeto voador não identificado avistado no dia 26 de agosto de 1980 em rota de retorno de Santa Maria para …”. Brasília, DF. 1952 a 2015. Último acesso realizado em 27/05/2020.

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