Airline Pilots Report Fast-Moving UFO over Ireland
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is investigating the sighting of an unidentified flying object reported by multiple airline pilots on the evening of November 9th.
The pilot of British Airways flight #BA94 out of Montreal contacted Shannon Air Traffic Control (ATC) that evening around 7:40 UTC to ask if there were any military exercises taking place in the airspace through which her Boeing 787 was traveling.
Shannon ATC replied that there was not.
"Okay. It was moving so fast," the pilot said of the unidentified object.
She described how "a very bright light" came up alongside the aircraft to its left before it "rapidly veered to the north" and "disappeared at very high speed."
The pilot wondered what the object could be, and said that it did not appear to be on a collision course.
The pilot of Virgin Airlines #VS76 from Orlando to Manchester also reported seeing the object.
The pilot said that he and his flight crew had seen "two bright lights at 11 o'clock which seemed to bank over to the right and then climb away at speed."
He described "multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory—very bright from where we were," that looked like a "meteor or another object making some kind of re-entry."
A third pilot added that the objects were travelling at a speed that was "absolutely astronomical, like Mach 2 or something."
Commercial airliners travel at about Mach 0.64.
The planes were flying in ‘high level airspace’—which covers heights from 28,500 feet to 42,000 feet—at the time of the pilots' sighting.
The IAA said it had filed a report on the sightings.
"Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report," the agency said.
"This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process."
Shannon ATC has declined further comment pending the investigation.