On November 9 at about 7:40 a.m. (about 2:40 a.m. on the East Coast of the U.S.), a British Airways pilot contacted the Shannon Air Traffic Controllers to see if military exercises were being performed in Irish airspace while she was passing through.
The pilot, dumbfounded when ATC told her there were no such exercises, described “a very bright light” that “disappeared at very high speed.”
It was flying on the left-hand side of her Boeing 787 aircraft before “rapidly [veering] to the north.”
— BreakingNews.ie (@breakingnewsie) November 12, 2018
A second pilot, from Virgin Airlines, called ATC regarding “multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory” that were very bright.
Pilots seeing UFOs; serious media coverage, including the BBC; an official investigation underway. A telling sign of how interest in the UFO phenomenon has increasingly come out of the fringe and into the mainstream.https://t.co/p0yQlFbzoG
— Nick Pope (@nickpopemod) November 12, 2018
Man this shit gave me chills. It reads like the beginning of every alien invasion movie ever.
— Reef The Lost Cauze (@LostCauze) November 13, 2018
Love this kind of story:
Irish authorities investigate UFO sightings by commercial pilotshttps://t.co/HyZFpBZaGm
— William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) November 13, 2018
A UFO 🛸, an object re-entering the earth's atmosphere or simply just a plane? https://t.co/TnnYd5gz3c
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 13, 2018
Irish officials are investigating what the lights could have belonged to.
Amid speculation, Apostolos Christou, an astronomer from the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, said he believed aliens were not to blame for the mysterious lights.
“It was most likely what are commonly called shooting stars. It appears the matter was extremely bright so it must have been quite a large piece of material. I cannot say from the pilots’ description, but it could have been the size of a walnut or an apple.”
Aliens: Take us to your leader!
Me: We don’t have one.
Me: OK, we have a few but they’re really embarrassing. Can I just take a message instead?
— Persian Rose (@PersianRose1) November 13, 2018
Coming to pay their respects to Stan Lee
— Shanaka21 (@shanaka1205) November 13, 2018
Have they come to sort out the Brexit border crisis ?
— Christ's chin (@clanc87) November 13, 2018
— Fashion Lover Ashley (@FashionLuvAshly) November 13, 2018
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said:
“Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report. This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”
— Chris Larson (@cranium2001) November 13, 2018
They are having a look how not to do things. They will move on once they see what a mess we are in
— Tony (@ccfc_bluebirds) November 13, 2018
Their navigation system is not working. They are off course by thousands of miles. The White House is located at https://t.co/Wxx71LzZMa
📍 The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
— Mrs. Smith #DemForce (@GrandmaCrabby) November 13, 2018
— Raudel Wilson (@raudelwilson) November 13, 2018
It’s possible, of course, that one of those objects was the TARDIS and the Doctor is protecting the British Isles.
It’s a slim possibility, but there nonetheless.