If flying a commercial airliner has any perks, it just might be the job’s potential for hunting aliens.
The pilot of a British Airways flight cruising over Ireland last Friday noticed something peculiar darting fast through the sky, and quickly called air traffic control to report the sight. According to radio logs obtained by the website Airlive, a “very fast” moving object suddenly appeared within the cockpit’s vantage point, but disappeared shortly afterward, alarming the pilot of the Boeing 787.
She told Shannon air traffic controllers about the totally believable UFO-sighting:
“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 initially suspected the flash might have been produced by military operations in the area, but there weren’t any disclosed military exercises happening nearby. On the contrary, air traffic controllers noted the object was likely a “meteor or another object making some kind of reentry.”
The strange occurrence was also noticed by the crew onboard another flight. The pilot of Virgin Flight 76 said his crew witnessed “two bright lights at 11 o’clock (which) seemed to bank over to the right and then climb away at speed,” according to CNN.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) launched an investigation into the incident, just to categorically disprove the possibility of aliens briefly dipping into Irish airspace.