Airline Pilot Reports “Near-Miss Collision” With Ball-Shaped UFO
An airline pilot reports a “near-miss” collision with a mysterious, ball-shaped aircraft near London’s Heathrow Airport. According to the report by UK Airprox Board, which was delegated to investigate the case, the incident took place last July when an unidentified flying object was seen in British airspace and almost colliding with an airplane.
The Airprox Board just released the information surrounding the incident six months after it happened. The board released the report to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, and generally takes about six months prior to releasing information to the public.
The name of the pilot was withheld but the report indicate that Airbus A320 was at an altitude of 34,000 feet, over Berkshire, about 20 miles west of the airport when the incident happened.
“The Captain … perceived an object travelling towards them, at what appeared to be the same level, slightly above the flight deck windscreen. Having very little time to focus, he was under the apprehension that they were on a collision course with no time to react.His immediate reaction was to duck to the right and reach over to alert the First Officer [FO]; there was no time to talk to alert him. The FO turned and looked at him, thinking something was wrong with the aircraft.”
In the report investigators said that the pilot 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.”, adding that “the captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft.”
The pilot stated that the object passed “just a few feet” from the top of the jet and the shape is similar to a “cigar/rugby-ball”. The mysterious aircraft was bright silver, metallic in construction.
It checked data recordings to establish what aircraft were in the area but eliminated them all, along with meteorological balloons. Military radar operators were also unable to trace the reported object.
According to reports, the incident occurred in plain daylight and Airprox Board concluded that it was “not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting”.