'Unusual air activity' over Ireland sparks investigation

Gladys Abbott
November 13, 2018

Air control reported nothing was scheduled for that evening.

The incident took place Friday, Nov. 9 at 6:47 a.m.

The British pilot asked the air traffic control whether any military exercises are going on off the Irish coast as she spotted something moving so fast.

"It was moving so fast", she said, according to the Guardian.

The pilot of the Boeing 787 said the object came up along the left-hand side of the planer "then rapidly veered to the north". There is no indication of concerns about a possible collision.

Other pilots have also claimed to have spotted the "bright lights", though they remained unsure of the nature of the object.

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"Glad it wasn't just me", someone chimed in at one point. Notice BAW94 is in a line of aircraft and just passed over Kenmare. Eventually, air traffic controllers said that they had received multiple reports about the objects and would pass the information on to authorities.

Pilots who reported seeing a UFO over Ireland "most likely" saw a shooting star, an expert has said - however, investigations are underway. Listen to the audio clip above (below the picture) for the exchange, which starts just before the 18 minute mark. A pilot for a Virgin Airlines flight from Orlando to Manchester suggested that it might be a meteor or another object re-entering the earth's atmosphere. And they definitely don't climb away after descending.

The startled pilot rang Shannon Air Traffic Control inquiring to see if a military activity was occurring over Irish airspace.

As this incident was reported by professional pilots, the IAA is looking into these unusual sightings in depth, to see what occurred during these commercial flights.

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