The Irish Aviation Authority says it is investigating the incident after Shannon Air Traffic Control received multiple reports.
The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating an unidentified flying object (UFO) after pilots reported seeing one off the coast of Ireland.
Shannon Air Traffic Control received a call from a British Airways pilot flying from Montreal to Heathrow over County Kerry at 6.47am on 9 November.
In an audio clip posted by LiveATC.net, the pilot can be heard asking if there were military exercises taking place within the craft’s airspace at the time.
She said the object came up alongside the plane before vanishing at “a very high speed”.
“Alongside you?” the Shannon Air Traffic Controller replied.
“It came up on our left-hand-side and then rapidly veered to the north,” the BA pilot said.
She said it was “a bright light and then it disappeared at a very high-speed”, adding they were “wondering” what it could be – adding that that it did not seem to be on a collision course.
Very interesting report on Shannon high level Friday 9 November at 0630z with multiple aircraft with reported sightings of a UFO over County Kerry. Skip to 17 minutes to listen reports on @liveatc https://t.co/VP1p0hrScn #Aviation #UFO #Ireland
— Trevor Buckley (@IrishAero) November 11, 2018
Controllers on the ground said there was “nothing showing on either primary or secondary (radar)”.
A Virgin Airlines pilot suggested that the it could be an object re-entering the earth’s atmosphere after reporting seeing “multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory… very bright from where we were.”
Another pilot said the speed of the UFO was “astronomical, it was like Mach 2”, or twice the speed of sound.
Despite the term UFO being widely used for extra-terrestrial spacecraft, most UFOs are later identified as conventional objects or phenomena.
The Irish Aviation Authority said they were investigating the incident.
In a statement, an IAA spokesman told Sky News: “Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9th November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report.
“This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”
Source: Sky News