UFOs have been spotted over the coast of Ireland.
Two pilots separately spotted bizarre and unexplained flashing lights travelling unnaturally quickly near Shannon airport, they told local air traffic control. But authorities had no explanation for the strange phenomenon, making clear there were no military tests or other expected flights that would explain the behaviour.
On one morning last week, a British Airways pilot spotted bright lights moving past her plane as it flew over the west coast.
“It was moving so fast,” she said, according to recordings of the conversation. “It came up on our left-hand side and then rapidly veered to the north. It was a very bright light that disappeared at very high speed.”
Then, shortly after, the pilot of a Virgin plane flying from the US to the UK saw something similarly mysterious as it flew over the same area. The pilot described a similar sight, saying that it looked like a meteor – but was made up of multiple flashes and were incredibly bright.
The lights were flying at "astronomical" speed, said one of the pilots, who said it appeared to be flying at around twice the speed of sound.
The Irish Aviation Authority said that it was investigating the strange phenomenon, but that it was doing so confidentially.
Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report," the IAA said in a statement.
"This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process."
A spokesperson did suggest to the Irish Times that the lights were unlikely to be from alien beings.
Shannon Airport said it would not comment on the phenomenon while the investigation was ongoing.
The sightings come as experts around the world, who have held some of the highest offices of state, suggest that governments need to do more to track down explanations for UFO sightings.
Earlier this year, for instance, a former Pentagon insider who served as deputy assistant secretary of defence for intelligence in the Bill Clinton and George W Bush administrations said that the US government was choosing ignore UFO sightings. Prior to that, the head of a secretive US government programme said that the existence of advanced UFOs was "beyond reasonable doubt" and that countries needed to be more conscious of the potential threat.
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