Coyame UFO incident

The Coyame UFO incident was a reported mid-air collision between a UFO and a small airplane said to have taken place on August 25, 1974 near the town of Coyame, Chihuahua, close to the U.S.-Mexico border. Some conspiracy theorists believe the UFO was retrieved by a United States government rapid response team assembled by military and intelligence agencies.


On 24 August 1974, a U.S. air defense radar detected an unknown object in the Gulf of Mexico, traveling at some 4,000 km/hr and headed towards Corpus Christi, Texas. Suddenly the object changed direction and headed towards Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico. At approximately the same time a small airplane took off from El Paso, Texas, headed towards Mexico City. The U.S. radar detected both, the UFO and the small plane, and monitored both for a while until their signals disappered simultaneously and at the same location over Mexico.[1][2]

The Mexican government sent a team to recover the small plane and its passengers, while the U.S. continued to monitor the situation. The U.S. military offered its recovery expertise to the Mexican government, but the Mexican government declined. At the U.S. military radar air base, four Huey helicopters were readied up as well as a 15-man recovery team to head to Coyame, Mexico.[3][4][5][6][7] The group entered Mexico surreptitiously after intercepting a Mexican radio communication giving away the location of the crash site.[8][9]

Upon their arrival to the crash location in Mexico, the American group came across a strange metallic object in the shape of a disk and exhibiting what appeared to be frontal impact and noticeable wreckage, together with the burned remains of the small plane, a Cessna 180. A short distance from the wreckage was also an Olive green Jeep belonging to the Mexican military and containing the bodies of four Mexican soldiers in it.[10][11][12][13] Their bodies displayed signs of death by asphyxiation. They were also in possession of their firearms, but showed no evidence of attempting to use them. One of the American Huey helicopters picked up the UFO and carried it some 15 kilometers, where an American convoy awaited to take it via rail to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.[14][15][16][17]

The whereabouts of the UFO are, to this day, unknown. As for the dead Mexican soldiers, the Mexican military denies that such incident ever took place. This, despite the overwhelming evidence presented in Mexican radial reports of the time and available at the general archives of radio communications of the Mexican military. The names and ranks of the Mexican soldiers are, to this day, officially denied by the Mexican government as well.[18][19]

Original source of UFO report

The Coyame UFO incident first came to light in 1992, when an account of the case was mailed anonymously to a number of UFO researchers in the United States and Europe.[20][21] The document was titled "Research Findings on the Chihuahua Disk Crash" and was addressed "To All Deneb Team Members, From JS." In Washington D.C., Elaine Douglass, of the UFO group Operation Right to Know, received a copy and forwarded it to Leonard Stringfield, who included it in his 1994 publication, UFO Crash Retrievals: Search for Proof in a Hall of Mirrors (Status Report VII). Acknowledged as the first UFO researcher to give serious credence to reports of crashed UFOs, Stringfield wrote that the Coyame incident was "authoritatively written, using correct military terminology and, of note and unlike a hoax, draws a line between so-called hard evidence and that which is speculative."[22]


After the report surfaced in 1992, the story of the Coyame UFO incident lay dormant until 2005, when producers of the cable television series UFO Files, shown on the History Channel, created a show based on the report. The show, called "Mexico's Roswell," was one of several episodes about UFO crashes similar to the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident. Written by Vincent Kralyevich and Scott Miller, "Mexico's Roswell" first aired on December 12, 2005, and featured commentary by veteran UFO investigator Ruben Uriarte, the director of the Northern California chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Uriarte had previously investigated UFO cases in Mexico and was MUFON's liaison to Mexico's civilian UFO groups.

Additional Reading


  • Stringfield, Leonard. UFO Crash Retrievals: Search for Proof in a Hall of Mirrors (Status Report VII), 1994.
  • Torres, Noe and Ruben Uriarte. Mexico's Roswell: The Chihuahua UFO Crash., 2nd ed., 2008 (ISBN 978-0-9817597-1-5).
  • Wood, Ryan S. Majic Eyes Only: Earth's Encounters with Extraterrestrial Technology. Broomfield, CO: Wood Enterprises, 2005, pp. 177–182 (ISBN 0-9772059-0-8).


  • UFO Files: Mexico's Roswell. Dir. Vincent Kralyevich. DVD. A&E Television Networks, 2008. (ASIN B001CU7VEA ).
  • UFO Hunters: Crash and Retrieval. DVD. A&E Television Networks, 2008.

See also


External links

  • Full text of the Deneb report.
  • An article about the incident on
  • WikiMapia page showing estimated location of UFO-airplane collision.
  • History Channel's "Mexico's Roswell" description on Internet Movie Database.
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