[CNI News has previously reported details of an alleged UFO crash in the region of Nova Brasilandia, Mato Grosso state, Brazil (see CNI News vol. 3 no. 10 and vol. 3 no. 11). The following story provides new details on this controversial case from a well-known Brazilian researcher. This text appeared in UFO ROUNDUP, volume 2, Number 33, dated August 17, 1997. CNI News thanks editor Joseph Trainor for permission to reproduce this story. Anyone interested in receiving UFO ROUNDUP by email can request free weekly delivery by writing to Masinaigan@aol.com.]
Brazilian ufologist Vitorio Pacaccini recently returned from a trip to Cuiaba, capital of Mato Grosso state. While in Cuiaba, he learned some new facts about the reported UFO crash in the Serra Azul, 70 kilometers (42 miles) from Nova Brazilandia.
Pacaccini, who lives in Belo Horizonte, is best known as the investigator who publicized the UFO crash and retrieval at Varginha [involving strange humanoid creatures] on January 20, 1996. His book on the incident, O CASO VARGINHA, was published last April in Brazil.
His first stop was the national capital, Brasilia, where he spoke with "some friends in the Army Command." They "assured me that nothing 'fell' from the skies. It was 'shot down.' The object was first detected by CINDACTA [Brazil's equivalent of NORAD] on July 1, and the defense people are kind of in a red alert. In his words, 'They are sleeping with one eye open these days.'"
Pacaccini also learned that the Servico Inteligencia do Exercito (Military Intelligence Service, a.k.a. S-2) "took care of the whole thing quickly."
According to his sources, S-2 retrieved and removed the crashed saucer from Divino Fogoio's Bela Vista farm between July 3 and July 22, the day Pacaccini arrived in Brasilia.
Flying to Cuiaba, Pacaccini visited a retired Army captain and his family. The captain issued a blunt warning.
"Don't go to that area," he told Pacaccini. "They know who you are. They don't want the UFO-marketing TV boy sniffing around there."
The captain said there was "nothing there any more. The farm caretaker (Gilberto Braga) is now denying everything. The farm owner (Divino Fogoio) is always traveling -- that's what they say if you ask for him. There are several disguised S-2 agents around (the farm), carrying guns... If you ask for help out there, there won't be many people to listen to you. You'll be an easy target."
Pacaccini also learned that someone had been planting false "crash stories" in other towns around Mato Grosso, such as Rosario Oeste, Arruda and Marzagao.
Pacaccini admitted that he had returned "with empty hands (but) at least I tried to do something." He added, "If we had had someone (a ufologist) close to that area (on July 1), things would have been quite different."
[CNI News continues to receive updates on this complex case and will report any new information as it becomes available.]
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