Colares flap refers to an outbreak of UFO sightings that occurred in 1977 on the Brazilian island of Colares.
During the outbreak, the UFOs allegedly
attacked the citizens with intense beams of radiation that left
burn marks and puncture wounds. These sightings led to the
Brazilian government dispatching a team to investigate under the
(Portuguese: Operação Prato), but the government
later recalled the team and classified the files until the late
One of the many witnesses of the Colares UFO attacks was a
physician, Dr. Wellaide Cecim
, who cared for and made medical tests on the victims,
identifying the following symptoms:
- Weakness; some could hardly
- Low arterial pressure.
- Anemia, with low hemoglobin levels.
- Burnt skin at the zone where the light had hit.
- Small puncture marks inside the burned zone.
- Permanent hair loss in the affected zone.
According to Dr. Carvalho, she attended to about 35 people with
these symptoms, who claimed to have been struck by unidentified
beams of light from the sky; 2 of the patients died. Dr. Carvalho
has said that eventually she was caught in one of the mysterious
aerial lights herself. She did not suffer any wounds or lasting
This incident was thoroughly studied by Brazilian ufologist
and philosopher Daniel Rebisso Giese
, who made an
extensive report of it.
1988, French scientist
and ufologist, Dr. Jacques Vallee,
traveled to Brazil to investigate tales of injured people and UFO
He met Wellaide Carvalho and other UFO witnesses.
The conclusion of his trip to Brazil was that "these kinds of
incidents are not uncommon and deserve a scientific study." His
conclusions can be found in his book Confrontations
investigators that have reviewed and researched Colares UFO
incidents are Ademar Gevaerd (Brazil) and Bob Pratt (USA).
Since 1977, there have been many witness testimonies and stories
about military research and UFO sightings/attacks at Colares
and other villages.
In May 2004, high-ranking generals from the Brazilian Air Force
(FAB) met with a
group of Brazilian ufologists (headed by Ademar Gevaerd
) and released, for the
examination of ufologists, a limited number of documents from
"Operation Saucer". This release officially confirmed the research
undertaken by the military in Colares in 1977. According to the
documents, in 1977 the military took photographs
of UFOs, interviewed UFO witnesses,
and themselves witnessed many UFO sightings, making drawings of
UFOs and their trajectories.
In that meeting, FAB representatives explicitly stated that the FAB
had been discreetly studying UFOs since 1954.
In 1978, Brazilian ornithologist Helmut
was taken into custody by police, mostly for his own
protection, when Colares residents suspected him of calling UFOs.
He was watching bird nests high in trees, through binoculars, and
residents of the island could not determine what else he could be
doing if it were not to provide flying saucers with landing