According to BBC, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is looking into the incident and trying to determine exactly the unidentified flying objects were. To make things more interesting, it turns out that the British Airways pilot was not the only one who saw them. A Virgin pilot reported seeing two lights moving in the same trajectory flying by at “astronomical” speed, “like Mach 2.” One theory is that both pilots witnessed space objects like shooting stars entering the Earth’s atmosphere. “It appears the matter was extremely bright so it must have been quite a large piece of material,” Armagh Observatory and Planetarium astronomer Apostolos Christou said. “I cannot say from the pilots’ description, but it could have been the size of a walnut or an apple.”
“In all probability they were meteorites and it’s not uncommon for meteorites to come in at a low angle, a low trajectory into the Earth’s atmosphere,” aviation journalist Gerry Byrne told the Irish Examiner. The IAA issued a statement saying that it has filed a report “following reports from a small number of aircraft on Friday 9 November of unusual air activity…This report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process.”
We imagine that the investigation will involve checking records to see if there were any meteors in the area at the time, and not cross-checking the alien flyby schedules to see which visitors were in the area last week.