Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mexico's "Roswell"




As if we don't have enough trouble getting a straight story about our own Roswell...

I had read a few things about "Mexico's Roswell," seen the UFO Hunters episode featuring it.  However, I had never given the case much consideration and I thought it was about time that I changed my condition of ignorance.  Again, this is a situation where the seasoned Ufologist will find nothing new in what I'm presenting in the post, so if you are a Coyame expert or a UFO researcher...then I guess I'll see you tomorrow.

Where did I get the information for this post?  Mostly from the link above and therefore I would not call this post a "definitive account" (please see my comments on Research.)  I'm just trying to get a feel for what happened, the mucro of things if you will, and...most critically...see what evidence is available in the case.  Thus far, I am given to understand that the case first came to light via a narrative mailed anonymously to UFO researchers.  Again, anonymous.  Let's put all that aside for the time being and just take a look at what (supposedly) happened...

Alternatively called the Coyame Incident or the Chihuahua Incident, the event took place in late August of 1974.  A Cessna took off from El Paso, Texas headed for Mexico City.  A UFO was also spotted by military radar over the Gulf of Mexico.  The UFO headed into Mexican airspace and approached the small plane near the US border in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.  Both radar contacts then disappeared.

According to the submitted narrative described at the link, the CIA intercepted radio transmissions from Mexican authorities that gave away the location of two downed aircraft with one of them being circular in shape.  A US military response team set out for the site in four UH-1 Huey helicopters and one Sea Stallion helicopter.  These aircraft were said to be painted a neutral, sand color and were devoid of any markings as this operation was undertaken without consent of the Mexican government.

Before the team could arrive on site, the Mexican military had recovered both aircraft and placed them on flatbed trucks in order to convoy the wreckage out of the area.  Once the cargo was loaded, the convoy headed south.  This where things get truly weird.  Spy satellites and recon flights eventually indicated that the convoy had completely stopped. Doors were open on a few of the vehicles and there were two human bodies visible on the ground.  All contact between the convoy and their military base had ceased. 

When the helicopters arrived on the scene, the recovery team (wearing bio-hazard suits of course) found all of the Mexican military personnel dead, many of them still seated within their trucks or jeeps.  There was no sign that these men had attempted to use their weapons prior to dying.  The recovery team then flew off with the UFO from the flatbed and the bodies of the dead troops.  Everything else on the scene, including the wreckage from the Cessna, was destroyed with high explosives.

Beyond being a case of a UFO crash and the conspiracy angle of military recovery teams, this purported incident has the compelling twist of the mysterious deaths of the Mexican soldiers.  The accounts given (again from this anonymous source) say that preliminary examination of the corpses suggested death by some sort of asphyxiation.  Did a chemical or biological agent leak out of the UFO's ruptured hull?  There is also no indication as to whether or not alien bodies were discovered at the crash as allegedly happened in the Roswell incident.  It may be that the rapid response team was not equipped to transport alien remains.  Then again, if they could throw everything else together so quickly, you'd think they would have thought of transporting such an eventuality.

As you might imagine, nobody is talking.  The Mexican military denies any such incident happened and that no soldiers were ever lost.  An article from Wikipedia (loathe as I am to cite them) gives the names, ranks, and serial numbers of each Mexican soldier said to have died. True or not, the Mexican military still denies that the men ever existed in the first place.

In terms of evidence, I still don't know.  Fortunately, several books have been written on this subject, so it looks like I have even more to add to my reading list.


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