In the village of Torriente, Matanzas Province, Cuba, 74-year old farmer, Adolfo Serrate, despite the light rain, left his house early in order to work his cornfield.
Around 9:20 a.m. Serrate decided to take a much needed smoke break. As he exhaled the smoke he looked towards the sky and was surprised to see a round object that was descending quickly and silently towards the nearby fields. Scared, Serrate hid among the cornfield and the edge of the field. He was concerned he ‘would be kidnapped’ since his cousin had mysteriously disappeared in the same area 2 years before. Crouching low to the ground he watched the round craft descend to the ground. It gently landed on some grass on a sort of landing gear that the witness compared to ‘skates.”
The surface of the object was very smooth, without any visible details and it gave Serrate the impression that it was colored in different tones of green, almost as if camouflaged.
He estimated the object to be as large as a passenger car. Breathlessly he noticed that the object had a transparent glass section, which he interpreted as the control cabin. The strange craft did not have any wings or rotors or wheels like he was familiar with when he was aircraft mechanic in the service. To Serrate it resembled the top of a turtle. An aperture like that of a sliding door became visible, and from where he was, about 60 to 80 metres away, he could not clearly see the interior. However he was able to see what appeared to be a human-like figure come out of the opening. He was not able to see any facial features since the figure was completely covered in a suit the same color as the object.
The figure’s head and face were covered with a sort of gas mask black in colour. The individual walked around the object and on several occasions seemed to bend down and pluck some of the malanga and calabaza roots on the field. The figure then walked behind the object and when he came around again he leaned against the hull of the object next to the opening. He then made a sort of gesture with his head towards the inside of the object perhaps communicating with other unseen occupants. Moments later he boarded the object and the door closed, without leaving any signs that it was actually there. Serrate remained watching the scene not knowing what to expect next.
Suddenly he felt a sort of air wave or shock on his face, which also disturbed the cornstalks and other small plants around him, at the same time he could see the UFO ascending vertically into the sky, without emitting any fire, smoke and making any noise.
At about 50 feet in height it stopped briefly and at this point Serrate saw what appeared to be a thin blue flame coming out from an unknown source on the top of the object.
The object then took off in a horizontal flight towards the south towards the nearby National Highway, still completely silent. Immediately the witness ran home and notified the police, afraid that he had seen an “enemy aircraft engaged in sabotage.”
Later investigators interviewed other locals who reported seeing the same or similar craft in flight. At the site they found physical evidence, including footprints, and leaves scorched black by the object’s propulsion system. The material was reportedly turned over to the Cuban Academy of Sciences.
Reference: Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo quoting information from “The Cuban Academy of Sciences”.