A320 crew has a 'Close Encounter' with UFO over UK airspace.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Tue, Jan 7, 2014

UK aviation authorities are investigating claims by an airline pilot that his plane was almost struck by a "rugby ball-like shape" which was bright silver and metallic-looking as he flew at an altitude of 34,000 feet near Heathrow airport. Although the pilot and airline have not been named, the plane involved was an Airbus A320 and the incident took place at 18:35 on 13 July 2013 some 20 miles west of the airport over Berkshire, where two other unexplained UFOs were pictured one month earlier (14 June). Experts believe that due to the plane's altitude it probably wasn't taking off or landing from Heathrow but was probably travelling between another UK airport and the continent. "The captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact" According to the head of the National Air Traffic Control Services, staff report an average of one unexplained "near-miss" with unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, every month. Like all near-misses in UK airspace, the incident was investigated by the UK Airprox Board. In their report they described the fear of the pilot who believed he was about to have a head-on collision with the object, which approached at great speed. "He 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 captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft." The pilot estimated that the UFO avoided the plane by just a few feet, streaking over the top of the cockpit. When the pilot contacted air traffic control...

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