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Ireland at centre of major UFO incident after two sets of pilots report objects close to passenger planes

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 12/11/2018 Pat Flanagan

a sunset in the background © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Ireland is at the centre of a major UFO incident after two sets of pilots reported unidentified objects close to their passenger planes.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has now launched an investigation into the appearance of the mysterious objects over the southwest coast.

What makes this incident more credible than normal UFO sightings is that it was reported by several experienced commercial pilots flying at very high altitude on scheduled flights.

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The first sighting was recorded by a British Airways pilot flying a Boeing 747 jet from Montreal to Heathrow over Kerry at 6.47am last Friday.

She described seeing a UFO coming up along the left-hand side of her aircraft before it “rapidly veered to the north”.

The startled pilot radioed in to Shannon Air Traffic Control inquiring if there was any military exercises taking place in the skies over the Irish coast. © GETTY The startled pilot radioed in to Shannon Air Traffic Control inquiring if there was any military exercises taking place in the skies over the Irish coast. The startled pilot radioed in to Shannon Air Traffic Control inquiring if there was any military exercises taking place in the skies over the Irish coast.

She said: “It was moving so fast. It appeared on our left hand side and rapidly veered to the north. We saw a bright light and it then just disappeared at a very high speed.

“We were just wondering. We didn’t think it was likely political. We were just wondering what it might be.”

After the few seconds it took to check the screens for other craft that might be in the area the controller replied: “There’s nothing showing on either primary or secondary (radar)”.

The Virgin Airlines pilot told air traffic controllers that the objects were to their “11 o’clock position” with “two bright lights which seemed to climb away at speed”.

The first sighting was recorded by a British Airways pilot flying a Boeing 747 jet from Montreal to Heathrow over Kerry at 6.47am last Friday. © GETTY The first sighting was recorded by a British Airways pilot flying a Boeing 747 jet from Montreal to Heathrow over Kerry at 6.47am last Friday. He added that the speed of the UFO was “astronomical, like a Mach 2” (twice the speed of sound around 2, 500kph).

An air traffic controller responded saying they would investigate further as other aircraft had reported similar sightings.

A third commercial airliner, a Norwegian Air 737 travelling from New York to Shannon also joined in the radio conversation.

One of the pilots appears relieved that he wasn’t the only one who had witnessed the UFOs, saying “glad it wasn’t just me”.

Today the IAA confirmed that they were investigating the sightings.

In a statement the authority said: “Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity, the IAA has filed a report.

“This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”

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