On May 1, 1997, the Chilean capital city of Santiago experienced a major electrical blackout that left not only the city but an estimated 60% of the entire country temporarily without electric power. The blackout, according to our source Luis Sanchez Perry, lasted for about one hour. "It was one of the biggest and longest I can remember," he said.
Sanchez Perry says that the press at first attributed the massive incident to a terrorist attack. A few days later, the electric company ENDESA announced that weeds had gotten into a cooling system and caused a short circuit in a power generator.
"Nobody bought this explanation," Perry told CNI News. Next, he said, the official position was that "Nobody knows what really happened."
Then on the evening news of Friday, May 9, on the program "MegaNoticias" on Santiago's channel 9, a story was aired claiming that the blackout was probably caused by a UFO.
According to Sanchez Perry, "They interviewed various witnesses of the locality of 'Jahuel' who saw that night [May 1] a big glowing disc-shaped artifact that bumped one of the high voltage towers. The lights went out, and then it flew straight up into the sky until it disappeared."
Spokesmen of the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aerea de Chile) immediately denied the UFO story but declined to make any other statement about the case.
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