The Truly Bizarre Account Of Santiago Flight 513

Marcus Lowth
Published Date
December 14, 2018
Last Updated
September 30, 2021
Estimated Reading Time
8 min read
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Supernatural, Disappearances

The account of the Santiago Flight 513 is truly one of the most mysterious and mind-bending encounters on record. One where a plane took off from Germany in 1954, disappeared and was presumed crashed, before reappearing again over the skies of Brazil some thirty-five years later and performing a perfect, standard landing. What’s more, the aircraft appeared brand new as opposed to nearly four decades old.

A superimposed plane coming out of a portal

What happened to Flight 513?

Although the story first appeared in ‘World Weekly News’, which would usually result in its instant dismissal by even the most enthusiastic researcher of strange events, the legend has endured, lasted, and been much debated. And the fact that the plane disappeared without a trace is most certainly a fact. Did it reappear in 1989, then? And if not, what was the mysterious plane that did? And who did the skeletons they found onboard belong to? Should the connections of the plane to the Lockheed group be any reason for suspicion?

A Standard Flight Across The Atlantic Ocean

Santiago Flight 513 left the runway in Aachen, (then West) Germany on the afternoon of 4th September 1954. [1] The Lockheed Super Constellation’s planned destination was Chile in South America. Onboard were 88 passengers and four crew. There was nothing special, at least knowingly, about the flight. There were no special passengers and no mysterious cargo. It was, a standard flight across the Atlantic Ocean that operated regularly.

However, several hours later, while over the Atlantic, the plane simply disappeared. They would just vanish from the radar screen and all contact ceased. No wreckage would surface, and no distress signals came in. They had, quite literally, it would seem, vanished into thin air.

With no other information to go on and no wreckage to study, the main theory was that the plane experienced difficulties and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. All 92 people on board were officially declared dead. However, the case was still officially unexplained and unsolved. Many other theories were put forth as to what might have happened over the years. Was it a case of mass alien abduction? Were they victims of some unknown Bermuda Triangle-type phenomenon? Had they entered a wormhole or a portal?

As bizarre as some of these alternative theories undoubtedly are, when a strange plane suddenly reappeared in October 1989 in Brazilian airspace it would make many people look again at these apparently crazy suggestions a little more seriously.

A Sudden Reappearance And Landing!

On the afternoon of 12th October 1989, a plane would suddenly appear, as if out of nowhere, over the skies of Port Alegre in Brazil. Repeated attempts to communicate with the mysterious aircraft were made by the control tower at the airport below. All, however, would go unanswered. The plane was circling the airport, which it did several times before it eventually came in to land on one of the runways. Given the highly mysterious and potentially dangerous nature of the situation, the tower would immediately dispatch a response team to the location.

Almost as soon as the response team approached, several of them began to get an eerie feeling about how events were unfolding. Not least due to the Santiago Airlines logo on the side of the aircraft – who had been out of business for over three decades since 1956. Even more bizarre, upon researching the plane’s serial number, the system would declare this was Santiago Flight 513. The plane that had mysteriously disappeared without a trace in September 1954.

The aircraft itself appeared brand new as if it were a standard plane operating in the (then) modern age. It certainly had no aging that one might expect for a plane that had allegedly been missing for over thirty years.

Then, with the engines of the plane running as if they were brand new and ready for take-off, the team would enter this most mysterious and long-vanished vehicle.

A picture of a plane flying through stormy clouds

Did Flight 513 suddenly reappear decades later?

“A Crime To Keep Information Like This Secret!”

After gaining entry through one of the passenger doors, the unit began to board this mysterious aircraft. As they did, each looked around with feelings ranging from disbelief to absolute horror. In the seats, as if part of a macabre display, sat the skeletal remains of the passengers of the flight. Upon entering the cockpit, they would find the same with the four crew members. Perhaps as a further twist to the surreal scene was the sight of the captain, Miguel Cury’s skeletal hands still holding on to the controls.

Of course, once the crew began to regain their composure, the question of just how the plane not only managed to circle the airport but perform a standard, near-perfect landing with no-one other than the 92 skeletons on board arose.

While word obviously leaked out of the incident, which let’s not forget occurred in full view of a busy airport, the high-ranking airport employees would remain tight-lipped regarding the “apparent” encounter. Some would even accuse them of actively attempting to cover-up the events. The Brazilian authorities would state that the strange plane had appeared over the airport and landed there. They would, however, say nothing else, at least publicly of the incident.

With this sudden and strange appearance, theories once again went into overdrive. And, as you might imagine, many people were more than critical of the Brazilian authority’s handling of the incident. Speculating that it could be proof of strange phenomenon such as wormholes, for example, physics professor, Roderigo de Manhawould state that such a discovery could “change the way we view our world and alter science as we know it”. He would also state “it is a crime to keep information like this secret”.

Fact? Urban Legend? Or A Twisted Combination Of The Two?

Many believe the account of Santiago Flight 513 is nothing more than a hoax that now enjoys urban legend status. That could very well be the case. After all, even if we got our heads around the notion of wormholes and portals, or even time-travel, how did the plane land so successfully without a crew to guide it down?

We could speculate endlessly for possible reasons. Perhaps, if we accept the wormhole-theory for a moment, they were alive, for a time. When “entering 1989”, however, maybe space-time caught up to them upon landing and reduced them to skeletal remains.

Maybe we should look again at the Lockheed connection. Might the flight have been part of some kind of experiment with secret technology? Possibly even reverse-engineered alien technology? Once again, it is pure speculation, but there were (and still are) a substantial number of US airbases in (West) Germany. And if a test of some kind of highly-advanced and top-secret technology was to take place, it would also make sense to have that happen away from the skies of the United States. Including the location that the aircraft would take off from. And above all else, what technology was such an experiment utilizing?

Might it have been an experiment with time-travel technology? Might a secret device have been on board that would create a wormhole or portal? If we accept Flight 513 was part of some secret experiment, it is also safe to say that the results were disastrous.

Whether a factual account, modern urban legend, or something somewhere in the middle of the two, the case of Santiago Flight 513 continues to fascinate researchers the world around.

The short video below looks at this intriguing case a little further.

The Plane That (Temporarily) Didn’t Exist!

Dr. Celso Atello was another who would voice concerns that Flight 513 was obvious proof of strange phenomena. He would state that the plane had “almost certainly entered a time-warp. There is no other explanation for it”. Of course, Santiago Flight 513 is certainly not the only case of a disappearance followed by a mysterious reappearance.

Perhaps the most famous of these, while much shorter and not at all fatal was National Airlines Flight 727. Although small details of the account sometimes change (the location and date), it would appear, according to an account of the incident in the 24th March 1975 edition of the Deseret News, [2] the incident took place sometime in 1970 as the aircraft approached Miami International Airport.

As it began its approach to land, however, the plane suddenly vanished from the radar screens of the control tower. All communications would also cease instantly. Fearing an explosion at the worst, emergency response teams scrambled to the runways in anticipation of landing debris or a crippled craft. An alert would go out to all other pilots in the immediate vicinity to report visual confirmation of Flight 727. Or, any sighting of a crashed plane on the ground.

And then, as a quiet realization that the loss of life was likely to be high spread over the tower, the plane suddenly reappeared.

“For Ten Minutes, You Just Did Not Exist!”

With this sudden reappearance, the radio communication also came back to life. What was strange, however, was the crew would act as if nothing strange had occurred. In fact, to them, ten minutes hadn’t passed by. They were only speaking to the control a few moments ago as they began their approach. When flight attendants were discreetly asked later if “anything strange” had happened on board the flight as it approached the airport, all answered no, it was a routine landing.

Bizarrely, the plane’s on-board clocks would show a ten-minute difference to the control tower. Indeed, they were behind any clock. It was as if, as one air control staff member said “…for ten minutes, you just did not exist”. The crew, who would do “time checks” to ensure there were no faults with the on-board clock against the control tower, had performed such a check only twenty minutes before making their approach to land. And indeed, aside from the ten-minute difference, all the clocks appeared to work as they should.

Researcher Martin Caidin, [3] who claimed to speak to several of those involved at the control tower, would disclose more apparent details of the incident. He would state that the crew and especially the passengers, were completely surprised as to why there was such interest in them and their plane. Especially such official looking people. Caidin would write that “Federal investigators and officials of National (Airlines) couldn’t get into that jetliner fast enough”. While the passengers knew nothing of the incident, even they would eventually notice the ten-minute difference with their watches. This, combined with the suspicious “official” activity, would make some of them ponder the circumstances. Might these “officials” have known more than they let on?

A plane superimposed coming out of a wormhole

There are many examples of suddenly disappearing planes on record

An Unintentional “Time Wave” Over Bolivia?

Again, while it is only speculation, is it possible the rush of Federal investigators to board the plane was to see the results of those onboard? Had there been some kind of secret experiment to skip the plane forward ten minutes? And if so, had this experiment proven successful? Many researchers, including Caidin, would suggest that the eagerness to board the plane was not out of concern or a sense of duty to the passengers and crew. But one of wanting to maintain “control of the situation”. And to ensure as little information as possible entered the public arena.

Perhaps this is why there are so few reports of such incidents. Leaving them instead to what are, to some, questionable platforms. This alone assists in damaging the credibility of such accounts. Caidin would also state that many pilots were “reluctant” to tell their stories anyway, especially ones regarding such bizarre phenomena.

Although the accounts are open to debate, perhaps intentionally so, there are several examples of these mysterious aerial incidents in more contemporary times. While once again we should perhaps take the claim with a small pinch of salt, according to some reports, an airliner carrying 170 passengers became the unintentional victim of a “time wave”, [4] created by CERN in November 2009. It was instantaneously transported over 5,000 miles away from the skies of Bolivia to somewhere off the coast of the Canary Islands. Around the same time, a blackout struck Bolivia leaving the country in blackness for some time. Furthermore, the plane’s position was near to the “Gate of the Sun”, itself said to have portal-like capabilities from ancient times, connected to the magnetic fields of the Earth. Did these natural magnetic forces react with those of CERN to create a wormhole?

Check out the video below.


1 Mystery Of Santiago Flight 513 That ‘Disappeared’ In 1954, Only To Land In 1989 With Skeletons, Aditya Pandey, MensXP
2 A National Airlines passenger plane…, The Deseret News, March 24th, 1975 (page 2),5391548&hl=en
3 The Disappearing Plane: A Case Of Time Travel, Or Something Else?, Rob Schwarz, Stranger Dimensions, July 9th, 2017
4 CERN LHC Accidentally Opened Time Portal, Caused Iberworld Airbus A330-300 To Time Travel 5,500 Miles Across The World, John Thomas Didymus, Inquisitir, August 4th, 2016

Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies, and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years of experience.

Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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  • Geoffrey Brooks says:

    It is my humble conclusion that this was an experiment into time-travel which was partially successful and then turned into a disaster.

    The only certainties upon which we can rely are the Brazilian Government’s confirmation of the arrival of the aircraft at Porto Alegre and an aviation authority report which may be the same thing, but neither of which have been declassified although some details have leaked out.

    “Flight records show” – i.e. this was not a comercial flight – that the aircraft “left Aachen” on the morning of 4 September 1954. There never has been an airfield at Aachen, but in 1954 the RAF had a fighter station at Geilenkirchen only ten miles away with a runway of sufficient length to be used by this kind of Lockheed passenger aircraft. This creates a suspicion that the aircraft was a military version for the time-travel experiments made by the US air force.

    It would not have been possible to gag all relatives of the deceased in a commercial airliner disappearance. Therefore the passengers and crew must have been US military.

    The website “Ghost Freaks Publication” claims to have seen an extract from the aviation authorities report that “along with the skeletons there were warm coffee cups, lit cigarettes of the Old Gold brand (American), and newspapers dated 21 September 1956 ‘whose ink smelled as though it had been printed out the day before'”.

    This suggests to me that the initial experiment was successful, the aircraft had landed immediately (two years into the future to buy the newspapers, therefore success). When it took off again it entered a time warp and reappeared over Brazil in 1989. As the aircraft landed, the time difference caught up with the passengers and crew and reduced them to the skeletal state in which they were found.

  • Geoffrey Brooks says:

    Having decided to investigate further, I would report on what I have found pertinent to date. I am not questioning the fact that the incident at Porto Alegre occurred, or occurred as it is reported to have occurred: but that great efforts have been made to cover over the vital details of the flight.

    There is no airport at Aachen for transatlantic air traffic. The TWA certificate in 1954 was for Frankfurt.

    There was no “Santiago Airline” or any such similar title. TWA operated Lockheed Super Constellation L-1049 flights after taking delivery of ten such aircraft in 1952. From 19 October 1953 TWA offered a non-stop transatlantic service from the United States to Europe.

    It seems doubtful that TWA had a certificate to fly from Europe to South America, or that that was where this aircraft was originally headed because:
    (a) the minimum crew would have been five, three flight crew and two attendants, and the aircraft only had four: I am checking to see if TWA had a certificate for flights from the United States to Chile which might have required one less flight crew.
    (b) Salgado Filho International Airport at Porto Alegre was only equipped for domestic flights and international flights to Panama and Portugal.

    TWA continued its operations until cessation on 1 December 2001 when acquired by American Airlines.

    It is interesting to note that in the Internet section on “Accidents and Incidents” involving TWA and the L-1049 type aircraft, the loss of the airliner in 1954 is not mentioned. Since there were only ten in TWA service, it should be possible to find the listing and fate of each – or is it?

    I have investigated mysteries such as this in the past and when there is such a great weight of false information in place I tend to suspect that a cover-up is in effect, in this case because the Brazilian authorities simply refused to dismiss the matter as an elaborate hoax.

  • Geoffrey Brooks says:

    I very much like the suggestion made above by Alexander Federowicz. In order to determine that this event was not a hoax, it appears to me that investigation needs to be undertaken to do the following:

    (1) Confirm that this flight definitely existed.
    Obtain all details possible of the passengers, names and addresses. What happened to their luggage and private documents and possessions? From there, investigate whether details of the reappearance was ever made known in West Germany (particularly how property of the deceased was dealt with under Family Law etc,) and whether any human remains were returned to Germany.

    (2) Awaken family interest in Germany by attempting to obtain details of aviation/passenger insurance for possible claims.

    (3) The pilot (and the other three crew members) were probably Chilean, the same goes for them as for the German passengers.

  • Alexander J. Federowicz says:

    Looks like the temporal effect wore off as the plane was landing, and the null time effect possibly released in an elastic manner to allow the localized time differential specific to the aircraft to re approach present time… So while they were all sound and alive during approach, by the time the airport security entered the plane, time had re corrected the years and fatally aged all the pilots and passengers… The inconsistent issue is that the planes inorganic material appeared new… Possibly the time / torsion field had a very specific effect on organic matter and mechanical parts were better preserved ? Since it was then covered up, we have no proper investigative information.

  • Dustin Griffin says:

    I was just reading the disappearance of flight 513 and at the bottom was your link. I always find these topics fascinating and would love to hear more

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