Concerned pilots sight strange object

THE calls to air traffic controllers were brief, almost embarrassed: “It came up to my left-hand side, then rapidly veered to the north,” reported a British Airways pilot.

She was flying a Boeing 737 on Flight 94 from Montreal to London in the early hours of Friday Morning, November 9.

“Is there a military exercise,” she asks?

Air traffic controllers at Shannon air port were bemused: “There’s nothing showing on either primary or secondary (radar).”

The conversation with ground controllers was recorded and publiced by LiveATC.net.

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“Okay,” the British Airways pilot responded. (It) was travelling so fast — in fact you can no longer see it. We were just wondering. We didn’t think it was likely on a collision course, but just wondered what it could have been.

“It was such a bright light and then it disappeared at very high speed …

But it was soon apparent she wasn’t the only to see something strange in the morning sky.

Two more pilots radioed in sightings in the following minutes.

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Virgin Airlines Flight 76 out of Orlando to Manchester cut in, confirming he had also seen something, a “meteor or another object making some kind of re-entry. There appeared to be multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory. They were very bright from where we were … two bright lights that seemed to bank over to the right and climb away at speed at least from our perspective.”

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One pilot added that the speed of the objects seemed “astronomical, it was like Mach 2 (2500km/h)”.

“Glad it wasn’t just me,” another pilot remarked.

Here, the exchange ended.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) says will investigate the reports of “unusual air activity”.

“Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report,” the Irish Aviation Authority said.

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

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