posted on May, 12 2007 @ 10:43 AM
On August 2nd, 1947, one month after the Roswell incident, a BSAA civilian airliner carrying 5 crew and 6 passengers was flying from Buenos Aires to
The aircraft, named Stardust, was a converted Lancaster bomber. Radio operator Dennis Harmer sent a Morse-code message stating that they will be
landing in 4 minutes time. The message was followed by the word ‘STENDEC’. Ground crew at Santiago didn’t understand the meaning of the word and
asked Stardust to repeat. The aircraft radioed back, ‘STENDEC…STENDEC’ and abruptly all contact was lost.
A search was made for the lost aircraft but nothing was found – it was as though it had vanished.
In 2000 wreckage and human remains were found at the base of a glacier 50km from where Stardust was last heard from. It seems that the plane was way
off coarse and had struck the mountain and become buried in snow and ice.
From the official crash report:
1741 hrs. A signal was sent out by the aircraft, E.T.A. Santiago 1745 hrs. ending with "STENDEC."
The 1741 hrs. signal was received by Santiago only 4 minutes before the E.T.A. The Chilean Air Force operator at Santiago states that the reception of
the signal was loud and clear but that it was given out very fast. Not understanding the word "STENDEC" he queried it and had the same word repeated
by the aircraft twice in succession.
A solution to the word "STENDEC" has not been found.
A version of the story, using a BOAC jetliner(!), found its way into the 1970s comic series UFO Flying Saucers
UFO Flying Saucers No.4 1974
Though the plane’s disappearance has been explained the mystery of the word STENDEC found its way into UFO lore and remains unsolved to this day.
What was Harmer trying to communicate in the brief moments before his death?
I'm sure ATSers can come up with some good solutions- but bear in mind that STENDEC was sent by Morse-code - not verbally...