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There’s something strange flying over Heathrow Airport: pilot

Jan. 6, 2014, London, U.K. - An airline pilot has reported a near miss with a “rugby ball-shaped” UFO that passed within a few feet of his passenger jet near Heathrow Airport.

January 6, 2014  By The Daily Telegraph

He told aviation authorities investigating the incident last July
that he was certain the object was going to crash into his aircraft and
that he ducked as it headed toward him.


They have been unable to
establish the identity of the mysterious craft, which apparently
approached the airliner at great speed.



The incident occurred while the Airbus A320 was cruising at 34,000ft, around 20 miles west of the airport.


investigators’ report states: “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.”


It adds: “The captain was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft.”


told investigators the object passed “within a few feet” of the top of
the jet and that it was “cigar/rugby ball-like” in shape, bright silver
and “metallic” in construction. The episode was examined by the UK
Airprox Board, which studies “near misses” involving aircraft in British


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.


The sighting occurred in daylight, at around
6.35pm on July 13. It has emerged following the publication of the
report, which concluded it was “not possible to trace the object or
determine the likely cause of the sighting”.


The document does not name the airline or flight involved in the incident.


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