Pilot reports near miss close to London airport
A commercial pilot has officially reported a near miss between his aircraft and a UFO near London’s Heathrow Airport. The pilot described the bright-silver or metallic UFO as cigar or rugby-ball shaped and said it was flying very fast. He said he was certain until the very last moment that it was going to crash into his aircraft.
So far the authorities have been unable to explain the identity of the potentially extra-terrestrial object which the Airbus A320 encountered while cruising at 34,000 feet (10,000 metres) around 30 kilometres west of the airport.
Referring to a report released by the UK Airprox Board, which deals with near misses in British airspace, the Sunday Telegraph said the event happened at 18:35 on July 13 last year.
“He (the pilot) was under the apprehension that they were on collision course with no time to react,” the report states. “His immediate reaction was to duck to the right and reach over to alert the [First Officer]; there was no time to talk to alert him. The captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft.”
The Airprox Board has since examined the incident and confirmed that there were no other known aircraft or meteorological balloons in the area. Military radar also failed to detect the UFO and the report concludes it was “not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting”.
Sunday Telegraph / TTG Digital
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