After "completing a thorough" investigation, a Chilean government agency has ruled that an object seen floating mysteriously near the remote Collahuasi copper mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert back in April 2013 "is not any weather phenomenon or any known object made by man."
Yahoo News reported that the Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (known by its Spanish acronym, CEFAA), which is responsible for investigating any unexplained aerial phenomena within Chilean air space, has said that humans did not make the object seen hovering in the sky.
"People in that area are well aware of the existence presence of drones," José Lay of CEFAA said, according to Yahoo. "Fishing companies use drones. This was definitely not a drone."
Lay added: "The evidence was analyzed by a meteorologist, who ruled out the possibility of the object being a lenticular cloud."
Back in 2013, four technicians working at the mine witnessed a disc-shaped object approach the area slowly, hover for about an hour over the mine before finally heading off to the east.
While the witnesses to the eerie phenomenon at first decided to keep the UFO sighting a secret, the photos taken by one of the technicians come to light when the photographer showed the pictures to the chief engineer of the mine who eventually passed the info on to CEFAA.
The disc was believed to be between 16 and 32 feet in diameter and brilliantly colored. Witnesses said that it appeared to be under intelligent control.
One problem for the authorities trying to determine what was floating around the skies in northern Chile is that the photographers are unwilling to talk about what they saw.
"The witnesses were not willing to cooperate," Lay said. "We tried to contact them, and we got no reply. So we treated the material just as we have treated several others of the same or similar nature: We file them for future reference or comparison purposes. That's all we can do in this case."