Pilots report UFO sighting off Irish coast, probe underway

Ivan Schwartz
November 13, 2018

The pilot of a British Airways flight first raised the alarm after contacting Shannon Air Traffic Control (ATC) to find to find out if any military exercises were taking place in the airspace they were travelling through.

The sighting was recorded over radio traffic between air traffic control in Shannon, Ireland, and multiple pilots. Air traffic control responds that no such exercises are visible on radar.

The BA pilot, flying from Montreal to Heathrow, describes how the UFO came up along the left-hand side of the aircraft, "then rapidly veered to the north".

A third pilot, call sign Virgin 76, replied: "Also saw that in our 11 o'clock position".

Another pilot who witnessed the UFO sighting revealed that these unidentified flying objects were apparently traveling at twice the speed of sound.

The Irish Aviation Authority launched the probe after sightings on November 9 at around 7.40am.

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A spokesman for the Irish Aviation Authority confirmed to TIME it was investigating the incident, saying the confidential process would involve talking to all pilots involved.

"It was moving so fast", the pilot says. He repeated the details about the objects being very bright and moving at extremely high speeds, likening their appearance to an object re-entering the earth's atmosphere from space.

She said it was "a very bright light" that "disappeared at very high speed". "They were very bright where we were". Listen to the audio clip above (below the picture) for the exchange, which starts just before the 18 minute mark.

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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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