3 Commercial Airlines Report UFO Sighting Over Ireland Airport
Several commercial aircraft pilots reported sightings of a UFO early Friday morning over southern Ireland’s Shannon Airport. Audio of the incident was released in addition to a video purporting to show the unidentified object in question. Irish Aviation Authorities confirmed an investigation was underway, while the incident continues to receive coverage across mainstream media outlets.
According to an audio recording between the pilots and ground control, the UFO was observed shortly after sunrise on Nov. 9, 2018. The incident is already being written off as pilots mistaking a meteorite entering and burning up in the atmosphere, or as one publication described, “pilots… most likely saw a shooting star, according to a leading expert.”
Seriously? Does this ‘leading expert’ really believe three different commercial pilots from leading airlines would mistake a meteorite for a UFO? Do meteorites fly alongside planes before sharply changing direction and flying away at “absolutely astronomical” speed?
According to the audio, a British Airways pilot first radios in, asking if any military operations are underway in the area, to which she is told there were none. She then responds saying, “Ok, it was moving so fast. In fact, we can no longer see it.”
Air traffic control then inquires whether the object(s) flew alongside her, to which she responds, “just two come up on our left-hand side and then rapidly veer to the north. We saw a bright light and then it disappeared at a very high speed. We were just wondering, we didn’t think it was a likely collision course, we were just wondering what that could have been.”
Then on a completely different frequency and to a different air traffic controller, a Virgin Airlines pilot reports seeing the lights, as well.
“Virgin 76 I saw two bright lights, 11 o’clock, seemed to bank over to the right and then climb away at speed, at least from our perspective,” the pilot said, describing what he saw as “another object making some kind of re-entry – appears to be multiple objects following the same trajectory, very bright from where we were.”
A third pilot from another aircraft chimes in saying, “glad it wasn’t just me!” before the Virgin pilot responds saying, “no, uh yeah, very interesting that one.”
The latest sighting comes in the wake of several similarly strange instances reported by commercial pilots over the past year. Three of these incidents were first reported by The Drive, including sightings in Arizona, Oregon and New York, before later being picked up by a number of mainstream publications.
Some of these went beyond the typical sighting and dismissal as unexplained anomalies, notably the Oregon incident, which prompted the Air Force to scramble several F-15 fighter jets to investigate.
Irish authorities didn’t feel the need to instigate any military response, though it released a statement saying an investigation was under way.
“Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday, November 9, of unusual air activity, the IAA has filed a report,” the Irish aviation authorities said. “This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”