The 1994 Sao Paulo Domed-Disc Sighting

First Published: January 26, 2019 Last updated: March 7th, 2019 Written by: Marcus Lowth Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes Posted in: UFOs

While returning from a company training course in the early hours one morning in May 1994, an experienced airline pilot, along with three other employees, as well as several other motorists who had stopped their vehicles to investigate, witnessed a disc-shaped craft with a domed surface hover near the motorway. All marveled at the magnificent display of colors on show. And all witnessed it calmly rise into the air and take off into the night sky.

Sao Paulo UFO

Of all the South American countries, Brazil is one of the most active when it comes to UFO activity. What is perhaps significant about this encounter, and another similar incident that we will examine shortly from twenty years previously, is their locations. Both would occur along Brazil’s east coast. And while that could be mere coincidence, there could also be a very often overlooked reason for it.

A Strange Sighting From A Chauffeur-Driven Car

In the early hours of 6th May 1994, an anonymous, but experienced airline pilot, was returning to Sao Paulo from Rio de Janeiro where he and his colleagues had attended a flight simulation course. It was a little after 3 am, and he was dozing in the back of the chauffeur-driven car. With him were three other airline staff, one of whom was also the pilot’s girlfriend. It was she who shook the witness from his doze to look out of the passenger window. There, she would point out a strange light in the sky. What’s more, this light had been following their car for some time.

As the pair watched they could clearly see the bizarre red glow keeping pace with their vehicle, which itself was traveling at a considerable speed. Occasionally it would move in a strange zig-zag motion but never lost ground on their car. Then, the mysterious glow began to change colors. It would change from red to a bright yellow color. And then to white, then green, then blue.

As their vehicle began to come to a stop, it would appear the strange light did too. It remained at the same relative position to them, suggesting it too had slowed down. By now, the car was beginning to merge with more traffic on the road. Many road users, however, had pulled their vehicles to the side of the highway and were now stood outside of them, also aware of the strange glow above. The witness would estimate the glow to be around a mile away from them and approximately 3,000 feet altitude. By the time their driver had pulled their car to the side of the road and the witness stepped outside, it was much closer.

Sao Paulo 1994 UFO

A Vibration Coming Up From The Ground!

One of the first things he noticed upon stepping out of the car was a distinct lack of sound from the now much closer glowing light. This dispelled any lingering notion that it might simply be a helicopter. As would the strange “domed” shape of the object, which was now clearer after closer inspection under the dimmed but still changing light.

Apart from a lone car that would continue moving past the spectacle, there was a strange silence around the area. The witness began to walk closer to the object, now annoyed that he had used all of the film in the camera he had in his luggage. His girlfriend walked to where he stood and both of them looked up in awe at the large, silent craft above them.

Then, without any warning “a few flashes of multicolor lights” began to spark. At the same time, the bottom of the craft began to glow a “bluish-green” color. Slowly, the craft began to move upwards and away from the crowd of onlookers. As it did so, a strange “vibration” ran through the witness’s body, as if it had come up from the ground. Also during this time, he could hear a “low pitch humming” noise. The magnificent blend of colors returned to the object. And then, it began to move extremely quickly, altering its course several times. Then, it was gone.

The witness would claim, interestingly or not, to have the remains of an ionization smell in his nostrils. And a “taste of metal” in his mouth.

All Reports Ignored To “Every Possible Government Agency!”

With the display apparently over, people began to return to their vehicles and slowly continued their respective journeys. The pilot and his girlfriend did also. They would continue to a restaurant at a truck stop several miles down the road to purchase a cup of coffee. Many others had seemingly done likewise, very likely still contemplating just what they had just witnessed. As they spoke politely to some of the other witnesses in the car park areas before returning to their vehicles, it would appear, at least to those who were local to the area, that such sightings were a regular occurrence in the region.

Also of interest, the chauffeur of the vehicle, who had remained in the car throughout, explained to the witness that while the object hovered, the car radio turned to complete static and white noise. This is something that often comes up in UFO reports. Many witnesses speak of interference with radios, televisions, and all manner of electrical devices.

The witness, himself, would report the sighting to “every possible government agency”. However, he didn’t receive a reply or an offer to investigate from any department. He would claim that in his three decades as a pilot and control-tower operator he had “heard many UFO stories”. This, however, was the first time he had seen one with his own eyes.

While UFO sightings are witnessed throughout the country, perhaps we should consider the fact that a higher percentage of UFO sightings and encounters than most would expect occur over or near water. Sao Paulo, much like Rio de Janeiro, sits near the eastern coastline of Brazil. And another sighting 22 years earlier, with at least some similar details, is also worth examining here. First, though, the video below shows a recent Sao Paulo UFO sighting.

The Possible Similar Account Of Fritz Abbehusen

Although it is a destination separated by a considerable distance, an encounter over two decades earlier on the evening of 13th December 1972, also on Brazil’s east coast in Dieas D’Avila, Bahia, perhaps demonstrates how far back these strange encounters go in this part of the world.

That evening at a little past 7 pm, 65-year-old, Fritz Abbehusen, was sat at home watching television when the picture suddenly began to experience interference and excessive static. He got up from his seat and stepped outside onto his porch. As he went to look upwards towards his television antenna, he witnessed a huge, luminous, round object flying overhead before it disappeared behind a hill several miles away. When he viewed the scene with a pair of binoculars, he could see clearly that the object was hovering several feet from the ground.

It was a round disc shape that appeared to clearly sit in two parts – an upper and a lower section. The lower section appeared to have a strange glow emerging from it, while the top side had what looked to be “windows or portholes”, from which an orange-reddish color shined. Amazed he called to his wife as well as to their servant. Both of them ran and joined him within seconds, both equally amazed at the sight.

Then, three lights appeared in front of the crafts. Each was blinking. And of more concern to Fritz and the two women, one of them was heading in their direction. As the light continued to head in the direction of Frtiz’ home, the two women moved to the back garden to try and get a better view, leaving Fritz alone on the porch. From the women’s point of view, the scene before was a terrifying one.

“Two Small Beings” Walking “As If On Tip-Toe!”

“Two small beings”, each wearing a one-piece white-grey-suit were heading towards the property. Each had very slim bodies and the build of a young teenager. Before they could alert Fritz, he had made his way to the garden. He could also now see the two strange entities in front of them.

Interestingly, and certainly a detail worth filing away to compare alongside other similar encounters, Fritz would later state to investigators that the strange creatures “kept their elbows close to the body when walking. They walked as if on tiptoe, raising their knees exaggeratedly with each step”.

Suddenly the sound of voices rang out. It would take Fritz several moments to figure out it was his wife and their servant. They urged him to run inside the house where they both now were. Within seconds of the cacophony of sound, the two strange creatures stopped their progression. They too turned and ran, back towards the huge craft.

The object would remain on the hill for around five hours until shortly after midnight. The only other incident was when a small beam “shot out” towards the ground, starting a small brush fire.

Incidentally, the incident would become quite a sensation in the Brazilian press. At least for a short time. Several UFO researchers would descend on the area. Some from outside of the South American continent. The case remains one of the more genuine of UFO claims. Not least due to the physical evidence as strange burn markings at the site and in front of the house.

Whether this sighting, with a similarly shaped craft and causing similar interference, on the same stretch of the Brazilian coast shares a connection to the incident on Sao Paulo is open to debate. That Brazil is a UFO hot-spot, surely isn’t.


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About 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 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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