VIDEO alleged to have been leaked from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which shows a “UFO being tracked by thermal imaging camera” has appeared online.
The almost four minute long footage is being taken seriously by UFO and alien researchers and was placed online by a group calling itself the Scientific Coalition for Ufology (SCU).
According to the SCU website, its researchers say the UFO “exhibits characteristics that cannot be explained by any known aircraft or natural phenomenon”.
The video was allegedly captured by a DHS camera on one of its aircraft.
The SCU site claims a DHS whistleblower leaked the video and a number of witnesses have come forward.
All are believed to have requested anonymity.
The group says it spent two years investigating the footage before releasing a 161-page report and going public for the first time this week.
Six named scientists and researchers are said to have conducted the research.
The UFO incident allegedly began at about 9.20 pm on April 25 2013 at the Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and was “monitored by the crew of a DHC-8 Turboprop aircraft from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – part of DHS.
The object appears to move very quickly over land and then into the ocean and seems to tumble or change shape.
Nick Pope, who formerly investigated UFO sightings for the Ministry of Defence, is intrigued by the footage.
He said: “Assuming the video isn’t a clever hoax – which is always a possibility these days – it’s a fascinating piece of footage.
“About the only conventional explanation that might fit the bill is that this is some new drone, but the entry and exit from the sea and the apparent splitting in two of the object makes even this explanation seem unlikely.
This is exactly the sort of video that I and intelligence specialists at the MoD got most excited about, as the available data allows for a proper, scientific analysis.
I’ll be watching developments on this one with interest.”
It also appears to fly over buildings and through trees before seemingly moving in and out of the ocean without slowing down.
By the end of the footage, it either splits into two, or another object appears.
Daina Chaviano, a Cuban-born fantasy and sci-fi author and UFO researcher, claims to have first been contacted by an acquaintance of the source, before putting the initially “skeptical” team together.
The SCU website said: “The source of this video evidence was vetted and identified.”
They claim to be “absolutely certain” the information came from sources on board the DHS aircraft and the “video is genuine”.
According to the report the DHC-8 took off on a routine flight and soon after take-off the crew noticed “a pinkish to reddish light over the ocean approaching towards the south.”
They were “concerned” at the tower not informing them of incoming traffic, so radioed it in.
It is claimed the response was the “tower told them they also had a visual on the object, but they were unsure of its identity.”
At this stage, it is claimed, as the object neared land, it turned its lights off, but the DHC-8 could track and film it with onboard thermal imaging equipment.
According to the source, a further flight was allegedly delayed due to the object.
SCU claimed airport records confirmed a FedEx flight scheduled to leave at 9:10 pm was delayed until 9:26 pm.
The team has released details from a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request response which purportedly shows the DHC-8 took off at 9.16 pm and circled the airport twice before leaving the area after 10 minutes.
JON AUSTIN - EXPRESS