The Argentina 1950 encounter involves Enrique Caretenuto Botta who encountered an alien craft and its occupants just near Bahía Blanca, Argentina, 1950.

Close encounterEdit

This experience was shortened in length for the purpose of this article. A more full description can be read at UFO Casebook, 1950, Dr. Botta Enters Flying Saucer.

Botta was driving down the highway, about seventy-five miles from his hotel, in the isolated town of Bahía Blanca when he saw a metallic, disc-shaped object sitting on the grass just off the roadway. He stopped his car to watch the object for a few minutes to see if anything would happen. With no sign of movement, Botta walked up to the object seeing an open doorway into the craft. He went inside.

Botta was amazed by the skin of the saucer which appeared metallic, but had a "rubbery" feel to it. Upon entering the craft, he eventually discovered three occupants who were seated at a curved divan with four seats. The occupants were small beings about four feet tall with gray, tight-fitting overalls, facing a control panel. Standing quietly behind them, Botta touched one of them. As he did, he felt a rigid, charred texture and then realized that all three had expired. Immediately, Botta rushed out from the saucer, got into his car, and sped away.

The next morning he returned to the same spot to see if the craft was still there— only to find what appeared to be ash. Within a few days, Botta came down with a fever and his skin became blistered. Doctors were unable to determine the cause of his symptoms, which had persisted for several weeks.


Enrique Botta related his experience to Horacio Gonzales G., in Caracas, Venezuela, at a UFO conference in 1955. Botta gave permission to Horacio G. to relate his story to UFO researcher Leon Stringfield who detailed the Botta encounter in his book, “Situation Red.”


  • Botta’s description of the craft, in 1955, concerning its skin having a “rubbery” feel is notable, where ‘the metallic look, does not feel metallic’. Since the late 1980s, Lazar has suggested that the craft at S-4 may not have been metalic either. The word “plastic”, or an advanced plastic, should also come to mind.
  • Botta’s discovery of the craft should not be viewed as happenstance or coincidence. They were meant to be discovered.


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