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UFO's or simply Oil Well Gas flames?
PART I
by Capt. Alejandro Franz
director@alcione.org

UFO investigators must examine all the available evidence to reduce
the risk of culminating a case without some extra valuable information.

What are those lights in the Mexican Air Force FLIR video?

Mexican Air Force Video lights are real UFOs or simply Oil Well flames?

Did you know about the Oil Well Field named CANTARELL in the Gulf of
Mexico exactly in front of Ciudad del Carmen not to far from the sea shore?

-Cantarell Oil Field-

Cantarell Field or Cantarell Complex is the largest oil field in Mexico,
located 80 kilometers offshore in the Bay of Campeche. This field
comprises four major fields Akal, Nohoch, Chac, Kutz and the recently
discovered Sihil. The first field was discovered in 1976, then known as
Cantarell complex in 1996.


                           (Click here or image to enlarge)
Source: http://www.pemex.com/files/dcf/jose_carrera.pdf

The lights (UFO's) shown in the video of march 05, 2004 provided
by the Mexican Air Force could be the heat source produced by
the flames of the oil wells located in the Cantarell Oil field
between 50 km to 90 km in the Gulf of Mexico, very close to the
shores of Ciudad del Carmen city in the Campeche's State in México
and within the range of the Mexican Air Force C26A FLIR camera
at the moment of the strange sighting.

I remember one crew member, I don't recall who he was, but in
some part of the in-flight communications tells the others that
the "object" is two miles and then one mile ahead (one o'clock)
the airplane and then he said it was over the city of Ciudad del
Carmen. By that the airplane was heading to the Northwest
where at the bottom this Oil Wells are located.

There are in the Cantarell Oil Field 214 oil wells in 9 platforms
from 184 that PEMEX (Mexican Oil Company) has in the
Gulf of Mexico.

I used to fly as a private pilot in the area of Ciudad del Carmen
in the late 70's. I remember very well seeing those oil wells at
night from the shore and their close proximity to Ciudad del
Carmen city. I Also can remember the IXTOC1 oil well that
burned out of control for ten months.

Is there a possibility that the continuos flame in the offshore
Oil Wells "platform flames" (passive fire) could have been
mistaken as the lights (UFO's) that we have seen in the now
famous Mexican Air Force FLIR video?

Is it possible that the FLIR camera was not handled in the
appropriate brightness control? I must remark that the FLIR
equipment was used in daylight and maybe because of that the
heat sensors detected the oil well's flames causing the infrared
focal plane array (IRFPA) to work improperly? Or maybe was
out of range and by that out of focus and the images are shown
blurred or as in an excess of zooming?

Regarding the presence of this numerous oil wells that have
their burners always with flames (passive fire) to burn the
excess of gas in the platforms I saw the UFO video many times
and noticed the following coincidences that will provide new
data to this case and I hope you'll find this data useful. I'll
appreciate whatever you have to say on this information I've
recollected for the last 13 days. This information was gathered
with honesty and I hope it'll help solve this outrageous case

If any of you have not seen the Mexican Air Force UFO Video
you can download it at:

http://www.ufoevidence.org/specialfeatures/mexicanairforce/mexicanAFvideos.htm

Please take your time to watch the video carefully and I hope
you also will notice what I discovered some days ago about the
Cantarell oil field in the Campeche Bay located in the Gulf of
Mexico, I insist, precisely in front of Ciudad del Carmen City
from which the oil wells are not to far away (50 to 90 Km from
the shore.)

The objects (lights) are in a fixed position with a dark background
(the sea) while the camera on board is following the lights that are
showing in the screen as a very brilliant source of light. There is a
great distortion as there is no sign of an object but only light.

TRY THIS SIMPLE EXPERIMENT!


LIGHTS AND CLOUDS ABOVE
ARE NOT MOVING! CLICK HERE

Take your time and repeat the video. Try to focus as if the lights
are STEADY and the camera movements shows when turning
in his axis that the clouds move sometimes rapidly and then
suddenly they stop moving while the lights (UFO's) never changed
their formation neither their speed.

If you take your time you will see the fact that the lights are always
steady if we repeat the scene and see at the very bottom of the FLIR
screen that the AZIMUTH (Az) NEVER CHANGES more than
TWO or FOUR degrees.

The FLIR was working at that moment in the DAY screening mode as
you can see in the upper white strip of the video's screen.

Ciudad del Carmen's map (PDF format) with Cantarell Oil Field
wells location provided by PEMEX (the Mexican Oil industry):

http://www.pemex.com/files/dcf/jose_carrera.pdf

You'll need Adobe Acrobat reader to view PDF format archives
Download here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/main.html

See the C26A Merlin Mexican Air Force relative position in a
Campeche's map (not in scale):

http://www.alcione.org/FAM/campech0.gif

Note: Azimuth is the direction, in degrees in which to fly. It
is shown in the lower white section of the screen the
coordinates an the negative number (-137.4Az). That means the
objective of the camera is pointed to the opposite direction,
that is 317.4 or NORTHWEST so the airplane is SOUTHEAST
from Ciudad del Carmen as the coordinates are shown in the
FLIR's screen: LAT. 18 26.56' LONG. 90 46.22'

About the movement of the clouds and lights in the video:

While the airplane is moving the clouds also move but sometimes
they don't, that's when the FLIR's operator focuses on the
lights and then the clouds stop their movement in the screen and
sometimes they move at the same speed as the lights (parallel to
the airplanes movement). That is because the lights are coming
from steady Oil Platform flames (passive fire) located in the
Gulf of Mexico between 50 and 90 Km from Ciudad del Carmen
City where the objects, at least one light as the FLIR or RADAR
operator tells is exactly over Ciudad del Carmen city (one o'clock).

The Star Safire II's FLIR can detect HOT SPOTS at a great
distance (50 NM) where the human eye can't see any spot or
temperature source. (Maybe that's why the C26A crew couldn't
see nothing with the naked eye).

Watch the clouds very carefully and see how they move sometimes
at the same speed as the lights while some of them are left behind
the camera lenses, but when the FLIR's operator focuses the
camera (sensor) on the lights as the airplane moves the clouds
stop moving. And that corresponds to a moving object effect
(C 26A airplane) and the moving camera (FLIR) rotating
(panning) in his axis at the same time.

So if you focus your attention in the lights movement regarding
the space between the clouds and the lights, in first plane
(closer to the camera lens as the clouds move in second plane
seem to be steady above the objects).

TRY THIS SIMPLE EXPERIMENT!


LIGHTS AND CLOUDS ABOVE
ARE NOT MOVING! CLICK HERE

In the in-flight conversation (not an official phraseology as
the military) the crew members told that they were chased by the
objects but as I can remember the lights never changed in speed,
separation or any sharp turns were made nor any change in their
speed and track.

I think there is an optical effect and by that a distortion of
the reality that make the lights to appear as if they were
flying while they are steady flames coming from the source of
heat that are generated by the Oil Well flames. Remember, there
are 214 wells in 9 platforms from 184 that PEMEX has installed
in the Gulf of Mexico. Most of them are in front of Ciudad del
Carmen city were this now famous sighting was recorded.

This investigation will continue.....

COMMENTS











Did you know about the Oil well field called CANTARELL in the Gulf of
Mexico exactly in front of Ciudad del Carmen and not to far from the shore?


CANTARELL Oil well field

Could this images have any similarity?
SEE BELLOW







SEE HERE WHY OBJECTS AT A GREAT DISTANCE CLOSER TO THE
HORIZON APPEAR TO BE AT SAME ALTITUDE OF FLIGHT
http://www.alcione.org/ARTIF_HORIZON/



 


Map showing the Canterell oil field location


Merlin C26A Mexican Air Force relative position in a Campeche's
map (not on scale).  {The airplane's heading  was apparently north}

-Following FLIR video data not verified-

TIME
Latitude
Longitude
16:53:04 18 deg 22.03 min 91 deg 21.43 min
16:53:18
18 deg 22.48 min
91 deg 20.55 min
16:56:18
18 deg 22.37 min
91 deg 11.52 min
16:56:28
18 deg 23.05 min
91 deg 10.59 min
17:03:37
18 deg 26.47 min
90 deg 46.51 min
17:03:45
18 deg 26.52 min
90 deg 46.27 min
17:03:57
18 deg 26.54 min
90 deg 45.44 min
17:06:25
18 deg 27.06 min
90 deg 37.24 min
17:07:17
18 deg 28.41 min
90 deg 34.15 min
17:15:18
18 deg 32.04 min
90 deg 06.43 min
17:15:24 
18 deg 32.12 min
90 deg 06.14 min
     
 16:53:04
 18 deg 22.03 min
 
 17:15:24
  18 deg 32.12 min
 
 TOTAL        00:19:20  TOTAL   00 deg   

Azimuth is the direction, in degrees in which to fly.
http://www.informationgenius.com/encyclopedia/a/az/azimuth.html

It is shown in the lower white section of the screen the coordinates an the
negative number ( -137.4ºAz) .That means the objective of the camera is pointed
to the opposite direction, that is 317.4º or NORTHWEST so the airplane is
SOUTHEAST from Ciudad del Carmen as the coordinates are shown in
the FLIR's screen: LAT. 18º26.56' LONG. 90º46.02'


USGS Global Visualization Viewer ( cross hair shows Latitude and Longitude of the airplane's
approximate position the day of the sighting regarding the available video images).
(edited picture above obtained from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Global Visualization Viewer)
 


OVER IMPOSED PICTURE FROM THE ABOVE AND BELLOW IMAGES
SHOWING SOME OIL WELLS IN FRONT OF CIUDAD DEL CARMEN CITY.
picture above from:
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Global Visualization Viewer)

IMAGE PROPERTY OF:
UNAM - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS DEL MAR Y LIMNOLOGÍA
http://biblioweb.dgsca.unam.mx/cienciasdelmar/instituto/1983-1/articulo156.html

MAGE PROPERTY OF:
UNAM - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS DEL MAR Y LIMNOLOGÍA
http://biblioweb.dgsca.unam.mx/cienciasdelmar/instituto/1983-1/articulo156.html


Basic Camera Performance Specifications and Relevant Questions



Imaging Performance

• Minimum Measurement Spot Size Resolution

Can the camera fully resolve and accurately measure the temperature of the smallest targets 
at the working distances and the ambient conditions it could encounter? 

• Optics

Does the camera come with a lens that can focus on and enable full resolution of all targets? 
If not, can change lenses to focus on targets at different distance regimes? 

• Sensitivity

Can the camera clearly differentiate between the most subtle temperature differences that will encounter? 
Can reduce sensitivity for use with extreme temperature regimes? 

• Resolution -- clarity of images produced under all ambient conditions

Can the camera produce images that are sharp and readily interpreted by the eye? 

• Video Output/Input

Can we connect the camera to a monitor to see the target enlarged in real-time? 
Can we connect the camera to a standard video recorder or video camera to capture 
a measurement procedure? 
Can we connect a GPS receiver to the camera video input and overlay the thermal 
data with GPS location data? 

• Onboard Video Capability

Can the camera record and playback a full-motion video of objects in motion? 

• Onboard Visible Photograph Capability

Can the IR camera also record visible light images of the targets? 

Image Presentation 

• On-board Display

Is the display clear and readable? 
Does the camera have a detachable display screen or support a wearable heads-up-display 
option for safe and convenient viewing in difficult environments? 

• Backlighting Option

Does the display have backlighting for low-light conditions? 

Measurement Performance 

• Temperature range(s)

Is the camera able to measure targets at all the temperatures that I will encounter? 

• Sensitivity and Accuracy Over the Stated Temperature Range(s)

How accurate are the camera’s measurements over the entire range of ambient and target temperatures? 
Can it discriminate between all of my targets and their surroundings? 
Does it have ambient temperature compensation (ATC) to automatically adjust for variations in ambient, 
or background, temperatures? 

• Measurement Modes

Does the camera offer measurement tools we may need such as movable spot, area maximum, 
area minimum, area average, and color alarm above or below a value that we can set? 

• Set-up Controls

Can we easily set/adjust date/time, ºC/ºF, language options, scale, information field, on-board display brightness? 

• Measurement Corrections

Can we manually set emissivity and reflected apparent temperature? 

•Special Features and Accessories
 

  •  Does the camera have on-board post-processing capabilities? 
  •  Does the manufacturer offer a range of post-processing software?
  •  Can weI add easy-to-use software for post analysis and report generation?
  •  Does the camera have a laser target designator?
  •  Are there accessories that enhance the camera’s utility such as a wearable Heads-Up Display (HUD)?
  •  A spark shield?
  •  A sun shield?
  •  Is there a range of filters?

  •  

     
    REFERENCE DATA:

    Gulf of Mexico Cantarell Oil wells names and location:

    IXTOC I Offshore Platform
    Location:  80 km NW
    of Ciudad del Carmen,
    Campeche
    Gulf of Mexico
    Latitude: 19 24.5 N
    Longitude: 092 19.5 W
    Source: Spill #2 
    http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/edu/student_pages/1999/tryfell/OIL%20WEB/Largest%20Spills/Table%202.html

    Abkatun 91 Offshore Platform
    Location: Bahía de Campeche,
    Gulf of Mexico, 64 km NW of 
    Ciudad del Carmen,
    Campeche,  Mexico.
    Source: Spill #62 
    http://eces.org/articles/000428.php

    Abkatun-N Offshore Platform
    Location: Bahía de Campeche,
    Gulf of Mexico, within 50 NM and
    NW of Ciudad del Carmen,
    PEMEX, Brown & Root
    CAMSA

    Akal-GC Offshore Platform
    Location: Bahía de Campeche,
    Gulf of Mexico, within 50 NM and
    NW of Ciudad del Carmen,
    PEMEX,


    GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES 
    IMAGE PROPERTY OF:
    UNAM - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS DEL MAR Y LIMNOLOGÍA 
    http://biblioweb.dgsca.unam.mx/cienciasdelmar/instituto/1983-1/articulo156.html
     
     

    GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES 
    IMAGE PROPERTY OF:
    UNAM - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS DEL MAR Y LIMNOLOGÍA 
    http://biblioweb.dgsca.unam.mx/cienciasdelmar/instituto/1983-1/articulo156.html
     


    (picture above from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Global Visualization Viewer)
    XOCHITL OIL WELL COORDINATES (AT CROSS HAIR) 
    LAT N19.17 LONG 92.00

    Akal-B & L Offshore Platform
    Gulf of Mexico, within 50 NM and
    NW of Ciudad del Carmen,
    PEMEX, Brown & Root
    CAMSA

    Abkatun-AOffshore Platform
    Location: Bahía de Campeche,
    Gulf of Mexico, within 50 NM and
    NW of Ciudad del Carmen,
    PEMEX, Brown & Root
    CAMSA

    Abkatun-B Offshore Platform
    Location: Bahía de Campeche,
    Gulf of Mexico, within 50 NM and
    NW of Ciudad del Carmen,
    PEMEX, Brown & Root
    CAMSA

    Abkatun-C Offshore Platform
    Location: Bahía de Campeche,
    Gulf of Mexico, within 50 NM and
    NW of Ciudad del Carmen,
    PEMEX, Brown & Root
    CAMSA

    CHUC-A Offshore Platform, 
    Gulf of Mexico, within 50 NM and
    NW of Ciudad del Carmen,
    PEMEX,Brown & Root,
    CAMSA

               LIST OF OIL PLATFORMS IN FRONT OF CIUDAD DEL CARMEN:

    PEP = ( Pemex Exploración y Producción )
               (Pemex Exploration and Production)

    EQUIPO DE PERFORACION Y MANTENIMIENTO 5643 (PEP)
    PEMEX (PEP) CENTRO PROCESADOR DE GAS MARINO ATASTA (PEP)
    PEMEX (PEP) COMPLEJO DE INYECCION DE AGUA, EXPLOTACION
             POOL-CHUC (PEP)
    PEMEX (PEP) COMPLEJO DE PRODUCCION POOL-A (PEP)
    PEMEX (PEP) COMPLEJO MARINO KU-A (PEP)
    PEMEX (PEP) COMPLEJO MARINO KU-H (PEP)
    PEMEX (PEP) PLATAFORMA DE PRODUCCION ABKATUN-A (PEP)
    SEA TERMINAL CAYO ARCAS (PEP)
    PLATFORM ABKATUN B
    PLATFORM ABKATUN B EQUIPO 4042 (PEP)
    PLATFORM ABKATUN C
    PLATFORM ABKATUN E
    PLATFORM ABKATUN F
    PLATFORM CAAN - A (PEP)
    PLATFORM CAAN - 401 (PEP)
    PLATFORM CAAN - 501 (PEP)
    PLATFORM CAAN - TA (PEP)
    PLATFORM CAAN - TC (PEP)
    PLATFORM CAAN - TF (PEP)
    PLATFORM CHUC 1
    PLATFORM CHUC B
    PLATFORM POL A
    PLATFORM POL B
    PLATFORM POL D
    PLATFORM POOL - TF (PEP)
    PLATFORM TARATUNICH - 101 (PEP)
    PLATFORM TARATUNICH - 201 (PEP)
    PLATFORM TARATUNICH - TD (PEP)
    PLATFORM TARATUNICH - TH (PEP)
    PLATFORM TARATUNICH -301 (PEP)
    PLATFORM TARATUNICH -TC (PEP)
    PLATFORM TARATUNICH -TF (PEP)
    PLATFORM TOLOK 1
    PLATFORM ALUX 1A
    PLATFORM BOLONTIKU - 1 (PEP)
    PLATFORM CITAM -101 (PEP)
    PLATFORM HAYABIL - 1 (PEP)
    PLATFORM KAB - 101 (PEP)
    PLATFORM KAX- 1 (PEP)
    PLATFORM KIX - 1 A (PEP)
    PLATFORM KIX 2
    PLATFORM MAY-1 (PEP)
    PLATFORM OCH - TA (PEP)
    PLATFORM OCH 1B
    PLATFORM SINAN -  101 A (PEP)
    PLATFORM SINAN - DL 1 (PEP)
    PLATFORM SINAN 201
    PLATFORM UECH -  A (PEP)
    PLATFORM UECH - TB (PEP)
    PLATFORM UECH 1
    PLATFORM YUM -2B (PEP)
    PLATFORM YUM- 401 (PEP)

    Source:

    PROFEPA ( The Program of Environmental Justice Procuration)
    http://www.profepa.gob.mx/seccion.asp?sec_id=229&it_id=536&com_id=0
    http://www.profepa.gob.mx/seccion.asp?sec_id=229&it_id=558&com_id=0


    Click here to see CONCLUSIONS


     

    They are Oil Well gas flames!

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