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. Terry W. Colvin Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand http://tlc-brotherhood.net/TLCB_Forum.html (guests welcome) http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/ [Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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