‘UFO’ reports being investigated by Irish aviation officials

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A pilot on a recent overseas flight out of Orlando apparently reported seeing an unidentified flying object near Ireland. It’s one of several reports now being investigated by Irish aviation officials.

The Irish Aviation Authority confirmed to NBC News that it is investigating several reports of “unusual air activity” from last week. The investigation was initially reported by Airlive.net, a website run by a team of aviation enthusiasts.

According to Airlive, the pilot of a British Airways flight contacted air traffic control Friday night while passing over Shannon, Ireland during a flight from Montreal to London.

The pilot asked if there were any military exercises happening in the airspace she was traveling through because she saw a “very bright light” that disappeared “at very high speed.” Air traffic control told the pilot there were no military exercises in the area.

A similar sighting was reported by the pilot of a Virgin Airlines flight from Orlando to Manchester. Airlive says he described what he saw as a “meteor or another object making some kind of re-entry.” That pilot also said it looked like “multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory – very bright from where we were.”

A third pilot also reported a sighting, according to Airlive. Their report included a video with audio of the conversation between the pilots and air traffic control.

In a statement to NBC News, the Irish Aviation Authority said, “Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9th November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report. This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”

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