PRUFON NEWS (Puerto Rico UFO Network News) is an English
language site, which publishes news articles about the UFO
phenomenon and other paranormal events, serving the
island's English speaking community, the U.S. mainland
and the world.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The UFO incident of Manises, Spain

The Manises UFO incident took place on November 11, 1979 when a commercial flight that was flying from Salzburg, Austria to the Canary Islands was forced by a UFO to make an emergency landing at Manises Airport in Valencia, Spain.

Incident Details:

A TAE's (a now defunct Spanish airline company) Super-Caravelle was the first aircraft involved in the incident. Flight JK-297 had taken off from Salzburg, Austria with 109 passengers on board, and had made a refueling stop in Majorca, Spain before setting course towards Las Palmas.

Halfway through the flight, at about 11:00 pm (23.00 hrs.), pilot Francisco Javier Lerdo de Tejada and his crew noticed a set of red lights that were fast approaching the aircraft. These lights appeared to be on a collision course with the aircraft, alarming the crew. The captain requested information about the inexplicable lights, but neither the military radar of Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) nor the flight control center in Barcelona could provide any explanation for this phenomenon.

In order to avoid a possible collision, the captain changed altitude. However, the lights mirrored the new course and stayed about half a mile away from the plane. Since the object was violating all elementary safety rules and the crew deemed an evasive maneuver impossible, the captain decided on going off-course and made an emergency landing in Manises Airport. This was the first time in history in which a commercial flight was forced to make an emergency landing because of a UFO.

The flight crew reported the lights abandoning the pursuit just before the landing took place. However, three new UFO signals were detected by the radar, each one with an estimated diameter of 200 meters. Several witnesses saw the objects as they passed very close to the airport runway, and the land crew turned on the emergency lights in case the object happened to be an unregistered flight having trouble.

Given the lack of answer to all communication attempts, a Mirage F-1 jet was scrambled from the nearby airbase of Los Llanos (Albacete) to identify the phenomenon. The pilot, Spanish Air Force captain Fernando Cámara, had to increase his speed to Mach 1.4 just to be able to get visual contact with what he perceived to be a truncated cone shaped object displaying a changing bright color. But despite his initial efforts, the object quickly disappeared from sight. The pilot was informed of a new radar signal, which indicated that another object, or perhaps the same one, might be near Sagunto (Valencia).

This time, however, when the pilot was close enough to fire a heatseeking missile, the UFO seemed to react, the fighter jet had its avionics disabled and its electronic flight systems were jammed. After a third visual contact and intercept attempt, the UFO finally accelerated heading towards Africa. Due to an hour and a half of pursuit, and due to fuel shortage, the pilot had no choice but to return to base with no results.

Debunking theories from the Spanish government:

The public impact of the incident was such that on September 1980 it reached the Spanish Parliament. The High Chamber representative Enrique Múgica publicly asked for an official explanation, but a UFO sighting was dismissed and the incident was attributed to a series of freak optical illusions.

The full official report, declassified by the Spanish Air Force on August 1994, states that the Super-Caravelle JK-297 pilot Javier Lerdo de Tejada, the land crew at Manises Airport and the Air Force captain Fernando Cámara might had been misled by "flashes emitted from a distant chemical industrial complex" (about 100 miles away from Manises), "and some stars and planets". Although this possibility has been much argued and repeatedly rejected by all the people involved, it stands as the only non-UFO-related explanation.

The on-flight difficulties experienced by the fighter jet were not mentioned in the public release. The electronic system failure on board the Mirage F-1 jet could nevertheless be explained by the fact that the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet was stationed in the area, and was making use of a powerful electronic warfare equipment while awaiting the outcome of the Iran Hostage Crisis. The Mirage F-1 combat pilot, Fernando Cámara, denied such possibility saying that the Sixth Fleet was too far and furthermore his systems got jammed when he tried to confront the UFO with a heatseeking missile.


1) Can so many people witnessing the objects (the airline pilot and its crew, the land crew at Manises Airport and the fighter pilot flying the Mirage F-1), all be misled by "flashes emitted from a distant chemical industrial complex" and by some stars and planets?

2) Did the fighter pilot chase flashes of light, the stars and the planets and then had his jet's avionics disabled and its electronic flight systems jammed when he attempted to fire a heatseeking missile?

3) Can the flashes of light, stars and planets be detected on radar?

4) Several witnesses saw the objects as they passed very close to the airport runway, and the land crew turned on the emergency lights in case the object happened to be an unregistered flight having trouble. Could the flashes of lights, the stars and planets get so close to the runway like that?

This incident demonstrates as proof that governments around the world always try to find a so-called "rational explanation" without considering the witnesses and imply that they are "weirdoes" – "eccentrics" etc. They don’t look at the fact that there are many UFO and alien encounters observed by credible eyewitnesses of different professions around the world e.g., fighter pilots, commercial pilots, military personnel, former presidents, astronomers and astronauts,etc.

The Manises UFO incident is one of those incidents where disinformation and cover-up are involved and should not be construed as just a figment of people's imagination.


Post a Comment


Although there have been many unexplained sightings in the town of Lajas, the situation there has been hyped by the amount of lies and exaggeration by a group of so-called, "ufologists" who ignore other areas of Puerto Rico to promote tourism in Lajas. That was evident when my wife and my daughter confronted a terrifying experience in the town of Aguada with extraterrestrials and that group of charlatans refused our plea for help. Of course, if it happened in Lajas they would have jumped on the opportunity for fame and tourism for that town. Those hoaxes and lies were approved and sanctioned by the then mayor of that town who named route 303 "The extraterrestrial route". The idea of building an "UFOport" (ovnipuerto), “la llorona sightings" and the biggest hoax of them all, "that a UFO crashed there" all this could only be found in a science fiction novel.

By Nelson C. Rivera
Read more



UFO News

The back of United States Quarters depicting Puerto Rico

中文(简体) Português English (US) Français Deutsch Italiano 日本語 한국어 Русский Español

Subscribe to this blog via →

The dancing alien

About me

Ufologist, criminal investigator, musician, artist and writer.

I worked 20 years for the New York City Department of Correction. First as a Correction Officer for 4 years, Captain for 12 years, and as a Deputy Warden for 4 years. As a law enforcement officer and supervisor, I have conducted countless of criminal investigations, some for unimaginable allegations.

On June of 2005, after my retirement, I moved to Puerto Rico with my family where my wife and my daughter faced extraordinary experiences with extraterrestrials. These alien encounters, subsequent abductions of my wife and the lack of help from so-called, "ufologists" here on the island, prompted me to become involved in the field of ufology and in the need to help others who have had similar experiences.


PRUFON, Puerto Rico UFO Network, Inc., is a nonprofit organization which conducts serious no nonsense UFO investigations. Our aim is to find the truth and answers to some of the toughest questions pertaining to UFO sightings, alien encounters and alien abductions, etc. We are not affiliated with any other ufology organization in Puerto Rico or in the world. PRUFON was founded in the city of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on September of 2009 to share with the public what we have accomplished and researched in the related fields of ufology.

This internet network ( offers a different perspective on life, and works hard to keep you informed about unexplained phenomena occurring on the island of Puerto Rico and in the Caribbean. We collect and gather information dealing with the Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and other unusual events that the mainstream news media and science fail to expose to the public, fail to study or acknowledge.

Any unusual encounter or sighting that you have had and wish an investigation and/or wish to publish it on this website, contact PRUFON at You will remain anonymous if you state it in writing.

back to top

Go up