Curiosity aroused, the pilot put in calls to two radar stations – one nearby on the coast and one in Santiago – to report an unidentified object. Operators at both could plainly see the chopper on their equipment. But that was all they could see. Whatever the object was, the radar couldn’t pick it up.
The radar crews also confirmed that there were no reports of other aircraft in the vicinity. In fact, they told the crew that nobody had the necessary permissions to be in the airspace that they were passing through. And when the pilot attempted to make contact with the unidentified object using civilian bandwidth, no reply was forthcoming. Things were definitely getting weird.
Using the new high-tech camera, the technician recorded the unidentified object for more than nine minutes. And for much of the footage, he used the infrared function. This allowed the sensor to create images by measuring heat rather than light. The hottest areas are represented by black, the coolest by white and those in between by shades of gray.