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UFO in 'near miss' with passenger jet near Heathrow
An airline pilot reported a near miss with a UFO flying only within few feet away from his passenger jet near Heathrow Airport.
The incident left authorities baffled in a bid to discover exactly what kind of object was encountered by the captain, who spoke of “cigar/rugby ball” shaped shiny object.
The captain also told the aviation authorities that he was certain the unidentified object was going to crash into his aircraft, before it mysteriously disappeared.
When describing the encounter to authorities, the captain revealed he spotted the object travelling towards his jet out of a left hand side cockpit window.
The UFO, bright silver and apparently “metallic” in construction, was flying “within a few feet” above the jet and appeared to be heading directly for the aircraft.
From the official report into the incident it emerged that: “He (the captain) was under the apprehension that they were on collision course with no time to react. His immediate reaction was to duck to the right and reach over to alert the FO (First Officer); there was no time to talk to alert him.”
The report adds: “The Captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft.”
The incident was investigated by the UK Airprox Board, the authority which studies 'near misses' involving aircraft in British airspace.
The UK Airprox Board checked all data recordings to establish whether the UFO may indeed have been another aircraft in the area at the time, or a meteorological balloon, toy balloon or in fact any other kind of known flying object.
Military radar operators were also contacted but were unable to trace the reported object. According to the report, it was “not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting”.
The sighting occurred in plain daylight at around. 6.35pm last July 13. It has only emerged now, following publication of the report.