APRIL 7th, 1974. Time: 18:10. Duration: 3 to 5 minutes. In Carlos Prates, region of Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais.
Group 1: M.M. and 4 children
Group 2: 9 people of G.L.’s family
Researchers who interviewed the witnesses: Húlvio Brant (CICOANI) and Pierre Doransart, from the group “Lumière dans la Nuit”, from Paris-France.
1) Telephone interview:
M.M .: His wife arrived at the kitchen door to observe the sky in the direction of BR-135 and called him afterwards. Upon arriving he had the impression of seeing a moving cloud, but soon he noticed something strange. He checked his watch at 18:10 hs. He saw a shapless cloud, without light, darker than the nearby rain clouds. Looking like a giant bird, with swallow-like movements: to the left, to the right, rising, falling within a narrow angle. During the evolution, only one figure was seen, until, in a brief stop, the object presented the shape of a bowl or a deep dish, seen from the side, with the mouth upwards.
After calling the neighbors he continued to observe, but he did not see how the object disappeared, because he lost sight of it. The hypothesis of an airplane was excluded due to the sudden movements and the object’s stops.
The observation was made at Araruama Street, in the Carlos Prates neighborhood. In the final part of the observation he noticed that the object was in the direction of the 12th Infantry Regiment. He clearly marked the angle of the view, taking as reference the roof of a neighboring house. Estimated duration: 3 to 5 minutes.
During its evolution, the object gave the impression of losing balance. It seemed to be very low and, and about to fall down, but it stayed below the Serra do Curral line, to the right of the TV repeater. He thinks the object was over the city, possibly in the vertical of the 12th R.I.
2) Personal interview, at the observers’ residence:
a) Mrs. Maria da Glória confirms that she was at the door of the kitchen, facing the Serra do Curral [south], observing the weather, when she saw a kind of dark cloud with different movements, looking like it was going to fall. During its evolution it presented varied and poorly defined formats, due to rain clouds. The size was “huge”. The speed of the movements removed the initial impression of the cloud.
The observer called her husband and he alerted the neighbors. At a certain point, the object was sharper, shaped like a plate. He believes that the changes in shape were due to movements. The object did not emit luminosity and was not confused with clouds, as it was darker and more consistent. It gave the impression that it was going to fall towards the Belvedere neighborhood, but then it went up. Mrs. Maria da Glória thinks that someone else in the city must have seen it.
b) Ms. Maria José, 24, student, said that the neighbor would. Mario called his father and he saw the object together with 8 or 9 people in the family. At first she noticed a dark spot, towards the neighborhoods of Cidade Jardim and Santo Antônio, just above the contour of Serra do Curral. The black spot began to make wavy movements, rising and turning and showing different contours at every moment. Sometimes it looked like a bird, sometimes like a very clear saucer.
The sky, around the object, was lighter than on the opposite side. The object stood out in the clouds. Its movements were fast, but they could be followed. It gave the impression of a flock of swallows, but it seemed to be a single object, with oscillating movements made in a restricted range. At one point, it ‘threatened’ to descend, even having distant houses as a background.
During the descent it took a vertical and the same position rose vertically, then disappeared. (Maria José places a saucer upright to explain the position of the object). The sharpness of the contour occurred in a short period. It was estimated that the object was at the height of 12th R.I.”
Cf. ARQUIVO NACIONAL (Brasil). Sistema de Informações do Arquivo Nacional (SIAN). Fundo ‘Objeto Voador Não Identificado (OVNI)’. Código de Referência BR DFANBSB ARX.0.0.148. “Relatório de avistamento de objeto [aéreo] não identificado na região de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais”. Brasília, DF. 1952 a 2015. Último acesso realizado em 27/05/2020.
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