The Mexican C26A UFO Footage


Last Updated 11/05/16 22:14

On March 5th 2004, a Mexican Air Force C26A aircraft was on a routine flight with the purpose of detecting aircraft which were conveying illegal drugs. The C26A was well equipped with high tech devices which could register a whole range of and keep a record of any relevant activities that occurred during the flight.


At around 5p.m. the C26A detected an unknown traffic at 10,500 feet over Ciudad del Carmen which was suspected of indicating a drug dealer airplane.


When approached by the C26A the object(s) flew away at great speed.

However, a video recording of the incident was obtained.

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[click on map for larger size and to illustrate location of events]


The following is a report of the events based on a report to UFO Updates

by Santiago Yturria (Mexico)

On March 5, 2004 an Air Force Merlín C26A Bimotor airplane was doing a routine flight to detect a smuggling drug airplane in the skies over Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche. The Merlin C26A was equipped with a high tech advanced digital equipment to register and record all the activities during the operation. Powerful sensor detectors like a FLIR STAR ZAPPHIR II and a RADAR AN/PS 143 BRAVO VICTOR 3 were being used by qualified personal aboard the airplane and all the operation was being recorded both in normal and infrared mode.


The airplane was under the command of Mayor Magdaleno Jasso Núñez. The FLIR operator was Lt. Mario Adrián Vázquez and the RADAR operator Lt. German Ramirez, all of them members of the 501 Aerial Squadron.


This airplane is programmed only for surveillance and detection procedures, not for interception or combat manoeuvres. Their duty is to detect and identify drug dealers flights and then immediately report them to the base where combat planes are scrambled to intercept those narcotics smugglers.


At approximately 17:00 PM the Merlin C26A detected an unknown traffic at 10,500 feet over Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche airspace and according to the protocol and suspecting a drug dealer airplane Mayor Magdaleno Jasso made a manoeuvre to approach the unidentified traffic at certain range to get a close look and record the target with their equipment. At the same time Mayor Jasso reported by radio to the base that a possible suspect was detected requesting the interceptor planes to be in alert condition.


The RADAR AN/PS 143 BRAVO VICTOR 3 was detecting the unknown traffic and the FLIR STAR ZAPPHIR II was recording the object in infrared. As the Merlin C26A tried to approach the unknown traffic to make a visual identification it suddenly in a surprising manoeuvre escaped flying away at tremendous speed. By this time Mayor Jasso tried to persecute the target but it was very fast. All this was being recorded by the FLAIR and also the radio conversations with the base describing the unexpected manoeuvre of the unknown. However the C26A still have not made visual contact with the unknown object.


Just some moments passed when suddenly the unknown object returned and began following the Merlin C26A in a surprising situation. This was detected by the RADAR and the FLIR while the personal aboard were trying to make visual contact of the unidentified traffic now following them. In seconds the equipment detected now not only one but two traffics following them. The images in both RADAR and the FLIR were clear and unmistakable. But both pilot and personal still couldn’t have visual contact with these two traffics following them adding a great suspense to this disconcerting situation.


Mayor Magdaleno Jasso reported to the base the insolate incident that was taking place giving detail of all the information registered by the equipment while keep trying to make visual contact of the unknowns. The FLIR kept recording in infrared every movement made by the two unknown objects that seemed to be keeping their distance from the C26A but still following it. The personal aboard the Merlin C26A were confused and disconcerted seeing the images on the FLIR and the RADAR asking themselves what was going on with this insolate situation.


But the stressing moment that the C26A crew were passing through was just the beginning of something more dramatic that will turn their undesirable experience into a real nightmare.


Some minutes passed while the Mexican Air Force Merlin C26A crew continued making manoeuvres to have a visual contact of the unknowns because despite both RADAR and FLIR were showing perfectly clear both unidentified objects for unexplained reasons there was not a visual contact even that the objects by this time were at close range.


It was during this round and round manoeuvres to identify these two objects that something amazing happened. In a matter of seconds more unknown objects arrived to the scene and the disconcert of the C26A crew was total.


The RADAR and the FLIR detected immediately the presence of nine new objects of the same size and characteristics, unknown objects that arrived to the scene surprisingly like coming from nowhere. Now the situation has entered into a high level of danger so Mayor Magdaleno Jasso reported by radio to the base this new situation requesting instructions.

But the most insolate thing was that even that there were eleven unknown objects close to them still the crew couldn’t see them, no visual contact with the unknowns was possible for some reason never experienced before by these high trained men. However, a video recording of the incident was obtained which was captured by video surveillance systems in the area. the high tech sophisticated equipment and sensors were not lying, there were eleven targets outside them with unpredictable intentions.


At the middle of a complete confusion and disconcert among the C26A crew the unknown objects suddenly made a manoeuvre surrounding the Mexican Air Force airplane in a circle at close range. The RADAR and FLIR presented an insolate image of an eleven objects near by in a circle formation around the Merlin C26A. The situation turned out of control.


Mayor Magdaleno Jasso reported to the base that the C26A situation was now in red alert, surrounded by eleven mysterious round shaped objects camouflaged with a certain unknown advanced technology that avoid any visual contact of them. However Mayor Jasso kept the calm as well as the crew who were working fast measuring and recording every detail of this unique incident conscientious of their duty as military and trained men.


Confronting this situation surrounded by unidentified objects in an unpredictable ending Mayor Magdaleno Jasso took the decision of turning out all the airplane lights and wait to see what happened. Moments of high suspense lived by the crew while the FLIR was recording the images of those bright objects even that visual contact was not possible, moments of silence and uncertainty.


The C26A crew kept calmed doing their duty, documenting every moment of the strange incident while Mayor Jasso continued in contact with the base. After some stressing minutes the eleven objects dissapeared giving an end to the strange experience that these members of the 501 Aerial Squadron had just lived. The Merlin C26A returned safe to the Air Force Base and Mayor Magdaleno Jasso prepared a complete report of the incident along with the C26A crew.


The Secretary of the Defence took notice of Mayor Jasso's report and began a full investigation studying and evaluating every element of the case. Statements of the crew, images, lectures, measurements of all the equipment as well as a complete evaluation of the meteorological data . The incident was taken very seriously by the Department of Defence Staff and after several weeks of investigation they decided under the command of General Clemente Vega Garcia to contact researcher and tv journalist Jaime Maussan for a special collaboration in this investigation as an experienced researcher in these matters.


Jaime Maussan [left] - Well known Ufologist, the Mexican Military asked him to investigate their video recording of unidentified objects.



On April 22, 2004 General Clemente Vega, Secretary of Defence gave Jaime Maussan a copy of all the tapes and data collected by the Merlin C26A during the incident for study, evaluation and analysis by Maussan's research team as complement of this investigation and as an external collaborating source trying to establish a definition of the possible motives and consequences of the March 5, 2004 incident.


General Vega as well as his staff were very open to discuss the subject and showed their legitimate interest in conducting this investigation in order to establish the truth of what happened. General Vega authorized the Merlin C26A crew to give Jaime Maussan the interviews needed without any censorship, giving all the facilities to present this case to the Mexican people, an historic and unprecedented decision that will open a new era of mutual collaboration among the Mexican ufologists and the military forces, a collaboration based in respect and interest to find the truth of the intense UFO activity we have been experiencing here in Mexico since the beginning of the Amazing Mexican UFO Wave back in July 11, 1991.


This new era of relationship among the Mexican UFO witnesses, skywatchers, ufologists and our military forces will try to establish and give form to a new legislation in our law system focused to be prepared for any incident involving these unidentified flying objects, our people, our commercial and military airplanes etc. for learning and understanding what are we going to do and how are we going to confront this reality.





DATE: March 5, 2004

TIME: 17:00 PM to 17:30 pm

EVENT: On Commission

LOCATION: Aerial Space Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche Mexico at 10,500 Fts.

COORDINATES: LAT N 18° 26.60´ : LON W 90° 45.69´



FLIR RANGE: - 40°C till more than 1,500°C


AIRPLANE: Merlin C26A Bimotor



Navigation Captain: Magdaleno Jasso Nuñez

FLIR Operator:      Lt. Mario Adrian Vasquez

RADAR Operator:     Lt. German Ramirez

Members of the 501 Aerial Squadron




The located zone was in optimal meteorological conditions, winds no bigger than 35 kms./hour, relative humidity of 72% and a temperature average of 34° C. At 10,500 Fts. temperatures average -27° C and a visibility average of 96%.


The region doesn't register volcanic activity nor tectonics movements. There was not detection of electric current storage and distribution of importance.


On the basis of the previous thing there were not found sources of electric magnetic phenomenon by electric centrals or seismic movements. There were not found possibilities of any Ball of Fire effect caused by volcanic activity.


There were not registries of solar storms in that moments or relevant solar explosions. Therefore the posibilities of ionization luminic effects like St. Elmo Fire or electric storms were discarded.


Study and Analysis elaborated by Rodolfo Garrido Cotham

according to the Merlin C26A digital equipment data.



Mexico UFO Footage Background Information



    A statement from Santiago Yturria – 14th May, 2004

Dear friends,
It's important to note that the Mexican Secretary of Defence conducted a complete investigation with their own team shortly after the March 5, 2004 incident and also with the help of scientists and experts selected as government advisors. The investigation was conducted confidentially and followed every procedure required.

As the results were inconclusive, in the sense of identifing the nature of the traffic detected by the C26A equipment, the case was declared "Unexplained". It was not until April 20, 2004 when General Clemente Vega, Secretary of Defence decided, with his staff, to contact Jaime Maussan as an advisor to aid in the investigation to conduct an independent study and analysis of the C26A data.

As an expert in UFO incidents relating to civil aircraft, Jaime had a meeting with General Vega and all the major Defence officials on April 21 and the next day he was shown all the materials. The intention of the military was to dig deep into the phenomenon in which the C26A was involved, trying to establish if this was indeed a paranormal incident as
suspected and to find elements that were not contained in their own data base with the purpose of getting to the bottom of this event.

All the facilities were given to Jaime as well as authorization to access the files and interrogate the crew members. In a surprising and historic decision General Clemente Vega authorized Jaime Maussan to release the case with all the facts to the Mexican people. General Vega said to him with gentle words: “know you will make good use of this Mr. Maussan."
A complete study and analysis was made by Jaime's research team and the results have been published on the Internet and presented on national TV. The conclusions are clear, they were UFOs - solid objects of unknown origin - flying in airspace along with the Merlin C26A. The Secretary of Defense accepted the Maussan research team's conclusions as an unexplained event.

At this time alternate analysis are being conducted by several groups here in Mexico including astronomers, meteorologists and digital imaging experts. This is a mutual effort by Mexican ufologists and scientists to respond to this long awaited UFO disclosure by our military as an acknowledge for their confidence in all of us. The case continues, in its
second research phase. Next Sunday Jaime Maussan will present all the facts, interviews and the complete footage with original audios in our TV show Los Grandes Misterios del Tercer Milenio, a two hours live broadcast simultaneously on the Internet for all to see this story.

Santiago Yturria

Santiago Yturria - Eminent UFO investigator and researcher. [right]



Mexico has no answers to possible UFO sighting



      From The Associated Press, Thursday, May 13, 2004


MEXICO CITY -- Mexican Defence Secretary Ricardo Vega Garcia said Wednesday the military had made no conclusions about a series of brightly lit, rapidly moving objects filmed by Air Force pilots earlier this year.

But Vega said neither had the military concluded that the objects, visible only with infrared equipment, were flying saucers as UFO investigator Jaime Maussan insisted during a news conference Tuesday.

"This is Maussan's point of view, for that reason he was given (the video) so that he could draw his own conclusions," Vega told W Radio. "But that is his version."


On March 5, Mexican Air Force pilots videotaped the series of brilliant objects flying at more than 3,500 meters (11,480 feet) over southern Campeche state using a video camera equipped with an infrared lens. Infrared equipment can only detect heat emanating from objects; it is unable to provide an image of the objects' exact form.

In the videotape, first aired publicly on national television Monday night, the objects appear to accelerate rapidly and change course suddenly. At least one crew member testified in a videotaped interview that the objects surrounded the Air Force jet when they were at least two miles (three kilometres) away.

The pilots sighted the objects as they conducted a routine drug-surveillance mission.

Vega said he initially believed the objects were drug trafficking planes, "but when I began to see that they had those lights ... I realized they couldn't be such aircraft."

Maussan said the videotape was evidence of the existence of UFOs. "This is historic news," he told reporters Tuesday. "Hundreds of videos (of UFOs) exist, but none had the backing of the armed forces of any country. ... The armed forces don't perpetuate frauds."

But Vega said he had warned those under his command to refrain from talking about "flying saucers" and UFOS when discussing the video "because that just provokes doubts and jokes."

Vega also insisted that the military had not released the tape to distract the nation from other issues, as some news commentators suggested.

Vega said he decided to release the videotape because it seemed pointless to guard it as a military secret and he did not see it as a threat to national security. He said copies are available for further revision by the scientific community.




Mexican Scientific Community Manifesto


The following manifesto was posted on UFO Updates by Capt. Alejandro Franz

Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2004 01:40:00 -0700
Subject: Mexican Scientific Community Manifesto

Hello All,

I apologize for this Manifesto translation where some syntax could not be as accurate as it should. I did my best and I hope somebody may try to help if some words are lost or improperly arranged.

The main reason of this post is to let you know about what the Mexican scientific community thinks and feels about the erroneous delivery of the Mexican Air Force FLIR's sighting video to the last idoneous person from SEDENA's Secretary General Clemente Ricardo Vega Garcia.

I am investigating the rumor of the Mexican Air Force General Commander's recent removal and how the pilot, the FLIR and radar operators involved in the FLIR's video have been degraded.

Manifesto against the erroneous interpretation of the UFO phenomenon.

Open Letter to:
Presidency of the Republic, Commission of Science and Technology of the House of Representatives, National advice of Science and Technology, Secretariat of Public Education,Secretariat of the National defense, To mass media and to The General Public

In view of the events published in mass media dating back from 10 of May of 2004, regarding what concerns about the observation of luminous phenomenon by some elements of the Mexican Air Force, the Mexican scientific community represented in this manifesto (astronomers, scientists, publishers, and representatives of planetariums, science museums, scientific research institutions and astronomical associations) declare the following:

The position of science is clear and in favor of the probable existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, because all the probabilities aim towards this sense. Nevertheless, to date forceful proof of their manifestation or its presence in our world does not exist.

UFO is an abbreviation of Unidentified Flying Object, being this a simple technical definition of any phenomenon or event not yet clarified on our skies. More than half a century science has participated in a multidisciplinary way in this investigation explaining and/or formulating diverse hypothesis on its origin with a diverse degree of success.

Most of the manifestations of the phenomenon receive a satisfactory explanation, being that they postulate its origin in extraterrestrial devices lacking of conclusive evidences.

On the other hand, the Mexican scientific community wishes to express a severe strangeness towards the Secretary of the National Defense by the questionable criteria with which he decided to give material in an exclusive way to a very reduced group of people. This determination set a side countless institutions of investigation in our ethical and serious country that could make a more accurate work of the occurred event.

We lament that General Clemente Ricardo Vega Garcia, National Defense Secretary, publicly disregarded the existence of top level scientists in the disciplines of astronomy, meteorology, nuclear sciences, and other sciences.

The fact that the National Defense ignored what institutions and what scientific disciplines to count for this situation causes restlessness to us on the methodologies that could be taken in another type of events.

We asked that the materials, videos, technical information and recordings of the event are to be made available for the Mexican scientific institutions for their study. It is sad that this material has been provided to public personalities or other people's rather than Mexican science, whereas to the members of the Institute of Astronomy and Nuclear Sciences of the UNAM has refused them saying the "it was classified material".

Perhaps the SEDENA ignored the use that would be given by Mr. Jaime Maussan to this video? And if this _classified material_ is disclosed, haven't they incurred in a serious crime?

Isn't it possible that the scientific community commits itself to present/display a guessed right explanation of the video while all the material for this investigation is not provided. The only opinion that can be disclosed to the public and mass media is a hypothesis that would include an approval to be put at the moment at which unlimited access to the material and the interviews to the witnesses of the event.

The Mexican scientific community wishes to outward that any probable explanation expressed to date in mass media must be taken only in the land of speculation and the scientific hypothesis. The scientific method does not jeopardize the investigators to emit a definitive judgment in a reduced margin of time. The study of many phenomena of our universe has implied the observation and investigation of many generations of scientists, of equal way the present event will need to be studied to detail without demarcations of time and by means of the emission and later verification of hypotheses that can explain it.

That the testified event could be a relatively explained as a new atmospheric phenomenon for science and little has been investigated related to the "ray ball" or "sparks". The "ray ball" is a product of the gas ionization of our atmosphere. This material in plasma state presents/displays many of the characteristics described by the military personnel: moves horizontally, is visible in diverse wavelengths -invisible and visible-, like it leaves its intermittent track in the radar. The "ray ball" tends to come near to the fuselage of the airplanes, because its nature tries to unload its electrical charge, it does not imply an "intelligent movement" as some people have expressed.

Before a debate respecting this hypothesis is generated, it is important to clarify that until today meteorology there was counted with similar observations of the "ray ball", "spherical ray" or "sparkles" in the altitudes in which it was observed by elements of the SEDENA, on that we do not hope that its origin, properties, duration and conduct are necessarily corresponding to those flashes observed and studied at a smaller altitude.

The information successfully obtained by the Mexican Air Force could give rise to a new stage in the investigation of the atmospheric physics then never had obtained so forceful evidence of this phenomenon to the altitudes in which it was filmed. To confirm the tendency, Mexico will become pioneer in the study and understanding of this facet of the atmospheric physics.

The scientific community and its divulgers want to summon mass media to a nearer and healthier relationship in a way that it is possible to keep the citizenship opportunely informed with the professionalism, seriousness and quality that only can be obtained with the joint collaboration of press and science. For that reason, we who sign this manifesto make it available for the general readers for the explanations and participation that you may consider suitable.

Finally we convoke all the Mexican citizenship to visit all the planetariums, public observatories, science museums and public scientific events to spread that the astronomical institutions to stay informed in the main scientific events. It will always be the best antidote against the sensationalist declarations of pseudo science.

Co-ordinating Panel:

Antonio Sánchez Ibarra.
Área de Astronomía
Universidad de Sonora.
 Arq. Pablo Lonnie Pacheco Railey
Sociedad Astronómica
del Planetario Alfa
 Francisco Javier Flores Figueroa
Asociación para la Divulgación
de la Astronomía en México
Federación Mexicana de Astronomía
Administrador de AstroRED México
 Ing. Jesús Gerardo Rodríguez Flores.
Vicepresidente y Divulgador Astronómico.
Sociedad Astronómica de la Laguna, A.C.
Torreón, Coah.
 M.C. Pablo Sergio Barrera Pineda
Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica 
Óptica y Electrónica
Candidato a Doctor en Astrofísica
Santa María Tonantzintla, Puebla, México
 More than 100 signers.....

[End of Manifesto]




UFOs continue to be seen over Yucatan Peninsula - July 5th 2004


TICUL - The alleged lights that cross the skies over the Benito Juarez sector have been the subject of meetings and conversations among neighbours.  Some residents of Ticul believe they are Unidentified Flying Object and increasing numbers of locals are visiting the hills.

The apparitions at midnight keep people awake to see "the lights that move and then remain still before continuing their journey." In the month of May, several residents claimed having seen UFOs over by Dzan, and some 3 or 4 years ago people ascended Santa Elena Hill for a better look.

The subject of the alleged apparition of lights in the sky have been a compulsory subject of conversation among local relatives. Sceptics and believers alike are visiting this locale and some even think they could be UFOs.

The remarks made in the county seat have not delayed long, especially among people who visit the site and residents of the Benito Juarez sector itself, located on the hill and one of the most isolated ones in the community.

Witnesses report that shortly after midnight the lights begin to appear. At times, they can see a very large light that crosses the skies several times. At times they remain motionless before taking off at high speed, they say.

The widespread belief is that [the lights] are UFOs.

Residents of the Benito Juarez neighbourhood claim that the lights began to appear the very same night the earthquake occurred. Others believe that the phenomenon occurs on given years and are not limited to a certain part of the state.
According to the information provided, these lights were also seen some 2 or 3 years ago along the road leading to the municipality of Santa Elena. Furthermore, some five or six years ago, the same strange phenomenon was seen along the road to Sacalum.

The fact is that the unidentified lights are the topic of the day -- one that is gaining popularity among every stratum of this community. Night after night, between 150 to 200 people have been reporting to the Benito Juarez sector and claim that they have indeed seen these lights.

28 years ago, the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States (CIA) recorded the manifestation of UFOs some 28 years ago in the skies over Merida, according to a recently declassified report by said agency.

In 1976, Robert S. Ashford, the U.S. consul in Merida, reported to the Department of State, and in turn, State apprised the CIA, of the apparition of UFOs in the sky.

Hundreds of persons visit the San Benito neighbourhood on a daily basis for some 15 days, claiming to have seen UFOs. Visitors to the site are local residents who spend long hours gazing skyward and some claim having seen "a large saucer-shaped object with multicoloured lights that moves across the sky at night."

The tenant farmers of the district leave their homes early in the morning to see the strange object. Given the curious nature of the event, increasing numbers of people have come to see this phenomenon, but very few have seen the flying object. Mrs. Maria Cardenas Ek and Lourdes Bojorquez claim having been witnesses to the event.

Mrs. Cardenas said that on Thursday, June 17, she was home when she noticed a shining object spinning around a tower belonging to the Federal Electric Commission. After a while it stood still in the air, and that was when the dogs began to bark.

The second time she saw it was around 1 a.m., when she saw the flying object in the skies again. Since that date, seeing this object at night has become a regular activity. The correspondent for the POR ESTO newspaper was on site for many hours to see if the object would manifest, but was unsuccessful. However, locals say that the UFO doesn't have a fixed schedule for its manifestations.

The fact of the matter is that expectations are on the increase among local residents on account of the strange lights in the sky, and the number of curiosity seekers is growing.




Mexican Air Force Chief Removal Official


The following posting was made to UFO Updates from: Capt. Alejandro Franz
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2004 06:31:46 -0700

Subject: Mexican Air Force Chief Removal Official

Hello all,
I just confirmed the information that has been silenced since
May 20 by the implicated in the Mexican Air Force's FLIR's video

Mexican Air Force's Chief removed is official.

The Commander and the Head of the General Staff of the Mexican
Air Force have been lowered in hierarchy control.

Capt. Alejandro Franz




UFO's Observed in Culhuacan - 11th October 2004


Alfonso Salzar, an aviation technician and consultant to noted researchers, was the first person to report sightings in the vicinity of Culhuacan. Apparently [the object sighted] was a spherical object with a ring around it, similar to the planet Saturn. Many people turned out to witness the heavenly phenomenon. The strange object moved very slowly toward Cerro de la Estrella at around 18:30 hours.

Minutes later, at 18:50 hrs. Salvador Guerrero shot video of a spherical luminous object heading toward the north. He said that the UFO emerged from a cloud bank, flew very slowly and at times appeared to be suspended motionlessly.

Subsequently, at 19:00 hrs., Ana Luisa Cid videotaped a very large luminous object in the northern reaches of Mexico City. The video is brief because there was a camera malfunction. The image issued a strong vibration and stopped working.

"At first," says Ana Luisa, "I thought the battery had run out... but in fact I don't know what happened, because the camera was inoperable afterward; perhaps it was all a coincidence. I don't know, but the vibration was indeed captured on tape."

Numerous reports were also received from persons who were seeing strange objects in different parts of the city.

As an additional item of information, the National Seismological Service reported earth tremors with a magnitude of 3.8 on the Richter scale in Oaxaca and Guerrero.

"Mexico is a country with seismic regions," says Ms. Cid. "We know that low intensity tremors occur daily. Perhaps there is no direct relation with the UFO phenomenon, but I believe this to be important information to be considered within the scope of an investigation."