The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating reports after several pilots spotted mysterious lights off the south-west coast of Ireland.
The incident happened on November 9 as the pilot from British Airways flight BA94 from Montreal to London, and a Virgin Airlines pilot of VS76 from Orlando to Manchester noticed the objects. Other unidentified pilots also saw the lights, as per reports.
The pilot from BA94 reportedly asked air traffic controllers in Shannon if military exercises were taking place.
“It was moving so fast,” said the BA pilot.
She said it came along the left-hand side of the plane before veering rapidly north; adding that “It was a bright light and then just disappeared at very high speed.”
The pilot on VS76, who also witnessed two bright lights, offered a possible explanation.
“Meteor or another object making some kind of re-entry – multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory – very bright from where we were.”
Both planes were said to be in high-level airspace – which is an altitude between 28,500ft and 42,000ft.
According to a recording of the conversation by Airlive, a site for enthusiasts, the pilot was told there were no military exercises in the area. “There’s nothing showing on either primary or secondary [radar],” air traffic control said, according to the report.
In a statement to CBS News, the Irish Aviation Authority said the reports will be “investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”
In March, two airline pilots claimed to see UFOs fly over their planes in Arizona’s airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) admitted that it didn’t know what the object was either, and released an audio of the radio broadcasts.