Pilots Spot UFOs Over Ireland: ‘It Was Moving So Fast’

The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating after multiple pilots spotted UFOs traveling faster than the speed of sound over Ireland on Friday.

Shortly before 7 am local time, a British Airways pilot contacted air traffic controllers at Shannon Airport on Ireland’s west coast to ask about possible military exercises, per the BBC.

En route from Montreal, Canada, to London’s Heathrow Airport, the pilot described a “very bright light” that came along the left side of the aircraft “then rapidly veered to the north” and “disappeared at very high speed,” per the Guardian. “It was moving so fast,” she said. She wasn’t the only one to notice, though an air traffic controller confirmed there were no visible objects on radar.

A Virgin Airlines pilot flying from Orlando, Fla., to Manchester also reported seeing two “very bright” lights “following the same sort of trajectory.” He first suggested they might be from a meteor before noting they “seemed to bank over to the right and climb away at speed.” “Glad I’m not the only one,” a third pilot noted.

One described the objects’ speed as “astronomical, it was like Mach 2,” or twice the speed of sound. That’s also twice the speed of a commercial jetliner, per the Irish TimesAirLive notes the planes were flying between 28,500 feet and 42,000 feet.

The Irish Aviation Authority says it’s looking into the incident “under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”

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15 Responses to Pilots Spot UFOs Over Ireland: ‘It Was Moving So Fast’

  1. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    November 13, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Extraordinary claims, etc, etc. There is such an enormous desire for there to be alien spacecraft that we have to go to lengths to avoid falling prey to our own desires. “It’s astronomical” may be the inadvertent answer. A meteor may enter the atmosphere at 50,000 miles an hour and at a shallow enough angle may skip off back into space if it survives long enough. Being enormously bright goes without saying and as it may be smaller than a glass marble it’s not going to show up on radar. having a flat trajectory because of the velocity will make it seem to climb but it’s really the airplane following the curvature of the Earth downward as the object moves straighter and faster.

    Sure, we gravitate toward flying saucers because it seems simpler and oh so much fun, but that’s not Occam, it’s the argument from ignorance: I don’t know the value of X so it must be 46. Quite a difference. An alien artifact presumes a lot that is not in evidence. The concept of faster than light travel over interstellar distances and in a small object has no scientific support. Alien probes have no reason to light up like the sun or buzz airliners or just soar around too fast to see or do anything at all. It’s just too much of a stretch.

  2. Michael John Scott Reply

    November 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I want to believe in UFO’s, desperately, but I’m not sure why, as they are as certain to be hostile as they are to be friendly.

  3. Neil Bamforth Reply

    November 13, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    It’s my favorite Martian…

  4. Holte Ender Reply

    November 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    As many galaxies as there are supposed to be, the odds are in favor of life as we know it, living and beating the shit out of each other, just like we do.

    • Timmy Mahoney Reply

      November 13, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      You make a good point there Holte. Star Wars will be a reality one day.

      • Glenn R. Geist Reply

        November 15, 2018 at 9:26 am

        Star wars was an abuse of science down to the smallest detail – from spacecraft making maneuvers not possible without wings and an atmosphere to the gross neglect of the most fundamental laws of physics. The universe is not just a big ocean and squint your eyes as much as you like E still equals MC^2. The nearest galaxy that isn’t a satellite of ours is about 4 million light years away. That’s about 2.4 x 10^13 miles. You can’t travel fast enough to ever get there much less to a galaxy far, far away. There isn’t enough energy anywhere to get any mass up to the speed of light. Let’s not even get into relativistic time.

        Star Wars is like Steampunk – a replay of the past dressed up as the future – pilots flying little fighter planes at 1940s speeds and manually. The millennium Falcon’s cockpit is from a B-29, the ray guns are Mauser pistols from the 1890s and the battle scenes reprise of war movies from the 1950’s. And of course the Aliens – there are stranger creatures right here on earth.

  5. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    November 14, 2018 at 8:29 am

    We keep thinking as though the universe were some sort of ocean, which is it isn’t – as though you could somehow send a vehicle faster than light, which you can’t, that you could somehow send a vehicle at a quarter that speed. We keep assuming that life evolves toward intelligent beings with mechanical ability, for which there is no evidence. The circumstances of our own origins seem ever more to be a series of coincidences and our planet seems pretty rare.

    The odds of ever even sending a manned interstellar probe or even a robotic one are astonishingly small if not zero.

    There are rather conjectural plans to send something about the weight of a ping pong ball to the Alpha Centauri system using laser propulsion, but it would take many, many years because as you know, the energy required is immense.

    • Bill Formby Reply

      November 14, 2018 at 9:41 am

      All you say is true Glenn, at least for now. I for one am skeptical that we can even conceive of what is to come in the future. I remember in the early 1950’s my cousin and I trying to see how high we could make small rockets go into the air with basic black powder. Those that did not turn out to be pipe bombs did pretty well. My great grandfather made us stop because we were ruining his scuppernong grape trellis. But who would have thought in 1953 that we would be doing what we are able to do now. It is remarkable, and if we don’t blow the world up first, we may one day find out that there are little green (or purple) creature on other planets.

  6. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    November 14, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Funny, but I and couple of friends were rocketeers too. Big bangs were always with us and the cops not far behind. But I don’t buy the analogy.

    That we learned how to make rockets work and cross oceans and such really has no bearing on the possibility of alien technology learning to fold up time and space on a budget. It seems certain that life emerges, but it’s far from certain that there is any any spacefaring life at this moment that left home 75,000 years ago and is just now passing by but doing nothing but buzzing airliners.. It’s more than a huge jump from tube worms or bacteria to things that build radios and lasers much less something that can get around the most fundamental laws of nature and command energies only otherwise available in supernovas. Something like that can’t be looking for resources here much less be obsessed with anal probes and I’ll bet the farm they aren’t bipedal humanoids either.

    I think that if we ever do find evidence of alien life it will be in high oxygen levels in some atmosphere. Even the chance of a signal is incredibly remote. Radio from Earth is little more than 100 years old, and high power transmissions in shorter wavelengths isn’t much older than I am and lasers are much younger. Even f the galaxy has had many radio stations it would still be an unlikely coincidence to pick up the top 40 from Antares broadcast 10 thousand years ago and for all we know they could have broadcast it via satellite or cable and we wouldn’t hear it.

    I think the best argument here is the one used to discount time travel – if it were possible, they would be here.

  7. Neil Bamforth Reply

    November 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    How do you know they aren’t? Cue Twilight music 😀

  8. Holte Ender Reply

    November 14, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  9. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    November 15, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Using either or both both those statements to validate a prediction is fallacious, you know that, right? The first is like trying to prove Jesus is lord because you can’t disprove it and the second is the argument from ignorance: I don’t know everything so this thing must be true.

    But I did enjoy the hell out of the first Star Wars movie. So did my kids.

  10. Holte Ender Reply

    November 15, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I do not think it is a mistaken belief to subscribe to one of the few things I’m totally sure of, that human knowledge is very limited, mainly because humanity hasn’t been around long enough to realize it’s potential.

  11. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    November 16, 2018 at 9:22 am

    And how much longer does it take to realize it? and then there’s the potential for destruction.

  12. Holte Ender Reply

    November 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    You are right about destruction. The military seems to hijack all scientific advances. Will human potential for good ever be realized? Only in science fiction.

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