FEB 19th, 1980. Time: 19:00. An operator working for the Control Tower at the Airport of Goiânia, State of Goiás, reported that “he saw a light in his eastern sector” deciding to ask the ACC-BS [Brasilia-DF Approach Control Center] to investigate “if there was any traffic there to inform him”. Responding to the question from the TWR-GO operator, the ACC-BS reported that there was no traffic there. Then, the operator “started to see two more lights in that same sector, close to the Goianápolis position”. After this second sighting, the TWR-GO operator contacted the Tower of Anápolis-GO to inform its observations of the UFOs.
After being warned, the TWR-AN operator contacted the Military Operations Center [COpM], which took over the situation by obtaining information “and concrete data on the occurrence”. At that same moment, a VASP plane already in the process of landing at the Goiânia Airport, decided to abort the landing after the aircraft’s co-pilot observed “an unidentified light crossing in the vicinity of the plane”.
At the Tower of Anápolis, one of the operators reported having observed about “three plots defined in his video [radar], in the position of Goiânia”. In the meantime, after visual and radar confirmations, and after an incident with the VASP plane, COpM “activated its alert officer” who requested “the video recording of the area’s radar coverage”, and also informed CINDACTA and the CODA. This Center “authorized the activation of two combat teams, to be on alert in Anápolis, with the pilots placed in a “ready” position on two F-103 aircraft, already prepared for the alert”.
Another VASP 229 plane that had already taken off from Goiânia to São Paulo “reported seeing an unidentified light in its 4-hour position, and also in its flight level, and apparently following the aircraft. At that moment, VASP 229 was at FL 290, QDR 108 degrees from Goiânia, at a distance of 80 NM “.
The TWR-GO operator, who first spotted and triggered other Centers, continued to spot the lights and follow the vertical, horizontal and random movements of the UFOs, confirming the position of one of the lights that VASP 229 saw.
Finally, according to the report, after analyzing the evidence, reports and radar videos, it was decided that there was no reason to order the takeoff of planes to intercept the unidentified flying objects that night of February 19th, 1980 .
Cf. ARQUIVO NACIONAL (Brasil). Sistema de Informações do Arquivo Nacional (SIAN). Fundo ‘Objeto Voador Não Identificado (OVNI)’. Código de Referência BR DFANBSB ARX.0.0.205. “Encaminhamento de relatório, de autoria do Major Aviador Jjosé Orlando Bellon sobre a aparição de luzes não identificadas na área de Goiânia”. Brasília, DF. 1952 a 2015. Último acesso realizado em 27/05/2020.
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