By Stacey Leasca
November 13, 2018

A mystery hit the friendly skies over Ireland last Friday when multiple airline pilots reported seeing what they believed to be UFOs flying by.

According to CNN, at least four pilots reported seeing a "very bright" unidentified flying object moving at incredible speeds.

The exchanges began over the radio when one pilot asked for confirmation about possible military activity happening somewhere close by. However, Shannon air traffic control officials replied with “negative.” The pilot then said that she saw something moving "so fast."

"It came up on our left-hand side (rapidly veered) to the north, we saw a bright light and it just disappeared at a very high speed ... we were just wondering. We didn't think it was a likely collision course ... (just wondering) what it could be," the pilot explained.

A second pilot from Virgin Flight 76 added he saw "two bright lights at 11 o'clock (which) seemed to bank over to the right and then climb away at speed."

A third pilot also noticed the quick moving object, saying its speed was "absolutely astronomical, like Mach 2 or something."

While we may all want to believe that E.T. is taking a vacation in Ireland, a fourth pilot put the kibosh on the rumors, saying over the radio that it’s likely a "meteor or some kind of object re-entry appears to be multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory... very bright where we were."

Other aviation experts agree that there’s likely a very plausible explanation.

"In all probability, they were meteorites," aviation journalist Gerry Byrne told the Irish Examiner. "It's not uncommon for meteorites to come in at a low angle, a low trajectory into the Earth's atmosphere."

Still, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is taking the sightings seriously.

"Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9th 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."

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