Azul speaks out about pilots who saw a UFO in Santa Catarina, Brazil

Azul Linhas Aéreas reported that the authorities are investigating what would be an unidentified flying object (UFO) sighted by the crew of the Airbus A320neo, on the night of last Saturday (22), when passing through Bom Retiro, in Santa Catarina.

In a press release, the company explained that “its crew members follow the strictest safety protocols and that any eventuality is immediately communicated to air traffic control.” He also explained that “the matter is already under the knowledge of the competent authorities”.

The ND+ contacted the FAB (Força Aérea Brasileira) to obtain details of the investigation and the crew’s report, but did not receive a response until the publication of the report.

Blue’s note in full

São Paulo, October 24, 2022 – Azul informs that its crew members follow the strictest safety protocols and that any eventuality is immediately communicated to air traffic control.

The company emphasizes that the matter is already under the knowledge of the competent authorities.

What happened?
During contact with the control tower, around 10:30 pm, the pilot of Azul’s plane 4517 reported that there was a very strong light like a beacon in his direction. However, neither the crew nor the air traffic controllers had any other aircraft that matched the signal on their radars.

In one of the moments, the pilot comments that “there was no traffic circuit pattern” in the movement of the light, in the case of “a random movement” and in another moment he also describes that “it appears and disappears, appears and disappears, several times during our flight.” The Azul plane left Guarulhos/SP for Porto Alegre/RS.

The dialogue between the pilot and air traffic control was recorded by the Canal Camera Aeroporto Salgado Filho BrAmigos, on YouTube, which broadcasts images of the Porto Alegre Airport for about 24 hours with the dialogues between the pilots and the control.


The flight continued without changes to Porto Alegre and the pilots were instructed to pass on the information about the sighting to the air defense sector.

NASA will study UFOs
NASA has announced the selection of 16 experts who will carry out an independent study on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (or “UAPs”) – the more correct name for UFOs, the Unidentified Flying Objects. The study begins this Monday (24) and, over the nine months of work, the team will prepare the basis for future studies of UAPs for NASA and other organizations. The results will be released to the public.

UAPs involve events observed in the sky that cannot be identified as natural phenomena or aircraft. They are of interest not necessarily for a possible relationship with extraterrestrial beings, but rather due to national and area security of the United States, as they may be advanced technologies from rival nations. However, without access to a large dataset, it is nearly impossible to verify or explain UAP observations.

So NASA announced the group in June, and hopes the study will show what types of data from UAPs can be collected in the future so that they can scientifically determine their nature. The study will be organized by Daniel Evans, the deputy assistant associate administrator for research at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and led by David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation. They will work with a focus on non-sensitive data, and the report with the results is expected to be published in 2023.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator at NASA’s Mission Directorate in Washington, highlighted the importance of studying UAPs. “Data is the language of scientists, which makes the unexplainable, explainable,” he said. “NASA has brought together some of the greatest scientists and members of the data and artificial intelligence community, space security experts, all with specific expertise, who will tell us how to apply the full focus of science and data to UAPs,” added Evans.


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