On February 6, 1969, at 7:30 a.m., several residents of Pirassununga’s Pinheiro district witnessed a unique and emotional spectacle:
A luminous object descended from the sky and landed about 800 meters away in the bush. Who saw it first was Maria dos Santos:
“He made movements of going up and down and just over half a meter above the ground.”
Tiago Machado, aged 19, Maria’s neighbor, mistook it for a blue parachute because it was luminous and glowing.
Others thought it was a flying saucer.
No one wanted to accompany Tiago in his search for the UFO, possibly out of fear.
The Tiago Machado Incident
He slung binoculars over his shoulder and went inside the bush.
The shouts of distant observers who had a better view from where they were guided us.
Tiago sought assistance from his friend Francisco Hanser, who worked as a security at the Instituto Zootécnico.
They followed each other through the woods, one along the lower section and the other along the upper chamber.
Tiago went thru the North and Francisco thru the South to meet at the Machado Chacara.
Due to the dense and tall vegetation, Tiago only noticed the object when it was already 10 meters away; however, he only saw a round metallic structure, 1.50 meters high, resting on a tripod.
Tiago Machado face-to-face with Ufonauts
He pushed branches aside as he looked for a better vantage point.
A hatch in the apparatus opened almost immediately, and two crew members floated out, one at a time, gently descending to the ground.
However, he noticed two more watching him through a windshield inside the ship.
The Ufonauts were 1.50 m tall and wore aluminized clothing that covered their entire body from head to toe. A transparent visor covers the face.
The skin on the face was smooth and sallow. Each cheek has a scar.
The left eye was half a level above the right—thin lips. The nose is flat, and the eyes are dark yellow with no pupil or sclera.
Two parallel wrinkles above the eyes that are not accompanied by eyelashes or eyelids. The chin appeared to be running backward.
Tiago Machado Close Encounter of Four Kinds
When they began their “conversation,” the two crew members took three steps forward, and the boy took one, keeping them about 8 meters apart.
They made severe, guttural, and hoarse sounds that seemed to come from a “trunk” that moved in the lower part of each one’s “mask” when they talked.
Tiago inquired in Portuguese as to how they arrived. One made rotating motion gestures with his palms, followed by a circle formed by both arms and raised or lowered several times.
At that moment, the boy lit a cigarette from the pack in his shirt pocket, which the four beings watched with great interest.
They looked at each other and said something when Tiago took the first puff.
Then, the more composed young man took the pack containing 14 cigarettes and tossed it to them.
Without taking his gaze away from the boy, one of them caught him, stooping with difficulty.
When the little man’s outstretched hand came within four inches of the pack, it rose and adhered to it.
The crew member then placed his hand with the cigarettes against his body, and the pack vanished as if by magic.
The other two people laughed, displaying his blackened and “different” teeth, as the lower ones fit perfectly with the upper ones and vice versa.
Following the cigarette incident, the two became more confident, as did Tiago, who assumed they wanted to invite him on a trip in the flying saucer.
So, to prove his location, Tiago removed the binoculars from his shoulder and placed them on the ground. The riders backed up four paces, alarmed.
When Tiago noticed this, he returned the binoculars to his neck, and the two resumed their approach.
The ufonauts talked and gestured for about 15 minutes, trying to make themselves understood, until they, hearing Francisco’s yelling for his Tiago, began to retreat slowly, always with their backs to the UFO.
An attack or an alert that saved Tiago from the worse?
They gave a little “jump,” rose into the air, and entered the UFO individually.
Tiago followed the begins, asking for proof that he talked to them to show the people starting to approach the UFO location.
The last one pointed an instrument at Tiago Machado and threw a blue flame, striking him in the right thigh.
He immediately felt a “tingling,” followed by a hardening of the entire body.
He could still see the window close, and the ship rose about 2 meters from the ground, silently, heading towards “Bela Aliança Farm.”
It fell and lost consciousness at that point.
When he regained consciousness at the hospital an hour later, he still felt pain in his thigh.
The doctor did not want to examine him and dismissed him, unable to walk.
An Official Militar Investigation in the Tiago Machado Incident
A FAB (Brasilian Airforce) helicopter soon descended to investigate the Incident with Tiago Machado.
Major Gilberto Zani de Mello led the group.
According to studies carried out later by the FAB, which blocked the area for about 15 days, the UFO measured about 6m in diameter and 3.5m in height.
Soil samples and shoe molds were taken.
The vegetation was flatted in a four-meter-diameter circle at the landing site, with three holes corresponding to the shells on which the tripod legs rested.
By request of Major Zani, the doctor examined Thiago, taking it seriously this time.
Tiago drank 3 to 4 liters of water that day and slept a lot. He even drank a lot of water in the days that followed.
Tiago was taken to the hospital within the FAB in Pirasununga and then to Rio de Janeiro.
He claimed to have a battery of tests, but an acupuncture treatment was the only treatment that helped him to regain leg movement and stop fluid loss.
He was taken to a hotel in the Sao Paulo capital by the FAB until the press forgot about it, and then he was returned to his home in Pirassununga.
Additional Testimonials and Witness to the Tiago Machado Incident
In an interview with SBEOV on May 19, 1973, Dr. Henrique Reis stated that on the same day of the incident, he examined Tiago Machado from head to toe in the Santa Casa for an hour and found nothing objective in the leg or body.
But in reality, he only examined Tiago after a request from the militaries.
He discovered that the pulse, blood pressure, and respiration were all regular. He only noticed the boy was stiff and blinking a lot, which he mistook for hysteria.
Dr. Henrique Reis said he believes an episode involving Tiago and flying saucers would have occurred.
But, he initially thought that the young man was behaving like a “diva,” even though hysteria is much more common in men than in women.
Tiago Machado’s Neighbor
Mrs. Maria dos Santos, Maria Machado Metzler’s next-door neighbor and Tiago’s mother (who lives at Travessa no 9, Rua Alzira Silveira Pinheiro, no 299), has her own story to tell.
On February 6, at 8:30 a.m. He was getting his son ready for school when he noticed a gleaming object in the woods of the Instituto Zootécnico da Industria e Pecuária, on the other side of the valley in the Pinheiro neighborhood, going up and down at the height of 2-3 meters from the ground for a few minutes.
She observed Tiago as he entered the IZIP in search of the object.
A boy arrived about 30 or 40 minutes later, out of breath, to inform the boy’s mother that he was dying in the bush.
Maria dos Santos and another neighbor, Ana Maria Creonice, followed Mrs. Maria Machado into the woods, where they discovered Tiago lying on the ground, eyes open but “all dumbfounded,” pale, sweating profusely, and repeating indefinitely, to halt
“Water, Water, Water…”
The three ladies dragged him to the nearest house, that of Mr-: Francisco Hanse, because he could not stand alone.
As he began to babble words about a thigh wound, Maria dos Santos tore his pants on the right leg, where she noticed a whitish welt as if caused by a whip.
She called the cops, who dispatched two officers to take the young man to Santa Casa.
When Maria-the, Dr. Henrique Reis, told her she should examine the victim, she had the wrong impression and sent him away.
Personnel from the Aeronautics Improvement School, based at the Pirassununga Base, arrived at Maria Metzler’s house at 5:00 p.m. that day, asking questions and drawing according to the victim’s indications.
They left shortly after and returned around 6 p.m. with Dr. Henrique do Reis, who examined Tiago alone.
Maria Santos said that she and two other neighbors who assisted the boy went three days without eating, drank only water, and were nervous and sleepless.
The Ant Exterminators Incident direct connected to Tiago Machado
When the SBEOV researcher, Nigel Rimes, returned to Pirassununga on April 19, 1979, to gather more information for the Tiago Machado Case, he discovered that some rural workers had seen a flying saucer on the same day.
Mrs. Bárbara Mina da Silva works at IZIP (Institute of Industrial and Livestock Animal Science) and lives in the Risca-Faca neighborhood.
When the researcher came to see her, she told him about her adventure:
On that particular day, February 6, 1969, she was harvesting rice in the early morning at “Chacara do Morais,” a half-hour walks from her current residence, when two boys, Joo Batista da Silva, 9, and Benedito Paulino Ramos, 13, approached her.
Their eyes were drawn to a “small shiny tent” 500 meters away.
She looked around and saw that tent, which she thought was white but not shiny like the kids said:
“It had a triangular shape, and I assumed it was used by ant killers, especially since three men with helmets on their heads were walking nearby.”
The boys told her that those people’s clothes shone brightly, but Barbara was only a shade of gray for her.
The peasant went about her work, unconcerned. Suddenly, the boys yelled:
“Look, the tent vanished!”
She could no longer see the ant killers nor the “tent,” but she was unconcerned about the fact and continued harvesting.
Soon after, the young people called her attention to a luminous ball “the size of the Sun” that stood motionless above the bush.
She saw and balled but didn’t mind the boys’ excitement, who kept asking her what it was.
After about a half-hour, the light vanished, and a FAB aircraft descended near the incident site.
The incident occurred several times over the next two days.
Only after learning about the Tiago Machado case, which occurred on the same day and near the location of her first encounter, did she dismiss the coincidence and admit to seeing a UFO and three of its ufonauts.
Thiago Machado admitted years later, at 40, that he would have had other contacts but declined to elaborate. FAB personnel would have requested that he not make it public.
- Witness Credibility: Good;
- Number of Witnesses: +20;
- Evidence: body and ground marks;
- Physical Evidence: yes;
- Official Investigation: FAB;
- Close Encounter: First Kind;
- Documents: 1