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originally posted by: NoCorruptionAllowed
originally posted by: karl 12
a reply to: shawmanfromny
Interesting and controversial case mate - for the sake of balance here's further info on the sceptical explanation hosted at the NICAP website.
The Anomaly Foundation
Solves the "Manises" UFO Case
20 years of mystery are over
On the 20th anniversary of the most infamous Spanish UFO sighting, the Spanish Anomaly Foundation (www.anomalia.org) has presented to the press a detailed report written by engineer Mr. Juan A. Fernández Peris from Valencia, which definitely closes this emblematic aerial UFO incident, which occurred on 11/11/79 over the Mediterranean Sea. After a scientific and painstaking investigation of almost two decades, the 'Manises UFO' case has been solved..
The Spanish Anomaly Foundation granted its "Ricardo Caruncho" research prize to Mr. Fernández Peris for his 200-page analysis report on the circumstances surrounding this incident. Investigation resolved that the original lights observed from the civil airplane were prompted by flare-ups raised from two combustion towers located in the major oil refinery of Escombreras, near Cartagena, Spain. The direction of lights as well as their apparent angular size matched exactly with the luminous flashes emitted from the chemical industry complex. Their brightness and special features produced an optical mistake, but the main culprit was a strong temperature inversion developed that night, one with an exceptional visibility. All factors together contributed decisively to the sighting distortion..
On the other hand, the Mirage aircraft manned by captain F. Cámara returned to its base at 02:07, after and unsuccessful pursuit of several non-defined luminous stimuli, which had not any relationship with the lights seen from the TAE airliner. The most amazing part of the incident, the EM interference suffered by the military jet when flying over Valencia city, these were caused by the electronic countermeasures adopted by US Navy helicopter's carrier "Iwo-Jima", a US Sixth Fleet's ship sailing near the Columbretes islands. The US Navy ship was at the highest alert due to Iran's hostages' crisis developed at the time.
In summary, an extraordinary and unusual mixture of chance circumstances lead to an exaggeration and distortion of events, otherwise trivial.
Wow that is some heavy propaganda in that 'skeptical' report. Words like "painstaking", years of study and plenty more colorful adjectives to describe the "job" they did. And the forceful application of "Case solved" etc.
Gotta love the efforts of counter intelligence even though it's an obvious deception.
originally posted by: fleabit
This reminds me of the Tehran 1976 sighting. Radar lock, many civilian and military reports of seeing the object, failed electronics in two planes - and then official explanation is that everyone was looking at Jupiter. Even though the object dropped out another object that made for the plane, and when engaged, the pilots systems went offline. The objects re-merged, but.. Jupiter.