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UFO Close Shave

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:33:41 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 05:14:15 -0400
Subject: UFO Close Shave


Source: Fortean Times #303

Page 26

July 2013


The UFO Files

Flyingsaucery: UFO Close Shave

The latest in a long series of near-misses with unidentified
objects reported by civilian aircrew was revealed in a report
published by the Civil Aviation Authority's Airprox Board in
March.

An Airbus A320 had a close shave with a UFO as it made its final
approach in broad daylight to Glasgow airport on 2 December last
year.

The board heard the aircraft was at 3,500ft (1,070m) above the
city in clear conditions when the pilot and co-pilot saw an
object "loom ahead" just 330ft (100m) away. Before they could
react, the object passed 300ft (90m) beneath them, but not
before they caught a fleeting glimpse of it.  They said it was
blue and yellow or silver in colour with a small frontal area
"bigger than a balloon."

Air traffic control saw nothing on radar, but radar at Prestwick
did spot an "unidentified track history" 1.3 nautical miles to
the east of airbus's position, 28 seconds earlier.

Anecdotal evidence suggests aircrew have been reluctant to file
air-miss reports, but in this case the pilot did because he
believed the risk of a collison was high.

This was fortunate because in the absence of any MoD interest in
UFO reports, the CAA's Airprox Board is the only remaining
official body in the UK with a remit to conduct detailed
investigations of puzzling incidents like this one, albeit
purely with a safety remit.

They checked and eliminated all the likely candidates for the
identify of the "untraced aircraft", including small fixed-wing
aircraft, hot-air balloons and gliders or paramotors. These, and
meteorological balloons, were all ruled out as unlikely due to
the lack of a radar signature, leaving the board unable to reach
any firm conclusion as to the cause.

BBC News West Scotland, 1 May; Airprox report 2012166/UKAB
meeting 20 Mar 2013.


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