Two airline pilots reported seeing unidentified flying objects off the southwest coast of Ireland last week prompting aviation officials to investigate according to the Irish Examiner. The pilot said there were "multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory", and that they were "very bright where we were".
One of the pilots said the speed of the object was "astronomical, it was like Mach 2".
A British Airways pilot enquired if there were military exercises underway after seeing a light speeding away from the plane while it was passing over Kerry.
It apparently had come up along the left-hand side of the aircraft before it "rapidly veered to the north".
She said it was "a very bright light" that "disappeared at very high speed".
However, last night the chairman of Astronomy Ireland, David Moore, told the Irish Independent he was 99.9pc sure it was merely a fireball - another term for a very bright meteor.
The pilot said her plane and the object were not on a collision course, but she was "wondering" what it could be.
Another pilot also reported a sighting.
To the surprise of ATC, a third pilot called in to report the same sighting, adding: "I'm glad it wasn't just me".
They said no, and that nothing was showing on the radar.
"Following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity the IAA has filed a report".
Airlive reports that the Irish Aviation Authority is "investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process".
This is the second close encounter in the matter of a few days, after NASA warned that three asteroids were set to fly close to Earth on Saturday.