UFO Nearly Hits Airliner Over England

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  1. nivek

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    UFO Nearly Hits Airliner Over England

    In a worrisome incident that unfolded in the skies over England, a Boeing 737 nearly collided with an unidentified flying object that came within ten feet of the airliner. The troubling event occurred back in September and came to light this week by way of a report issued by the UK Airprox Board, which is a government organization that investigates aircraft near-miss cases. According to their filing, the strangeness began when the airliner was approaching Leeds Bradford Airport and "both pilots suddenly saw a bright light and an object which appeared to be moving toward the aircraft, almost head on, slightly up and to the left."

    Chillingly, the report goes on to state that "the object appeared without warning and there was no time to act." As luck would have it, the airliner managed to avoid colliding with the UFO, which passed the craft by a mere 10 feet. The pilots promptly reported the incident and subsequently safely landed without any further weirdness. Upon their arrival, air traffic controllers informed them that a police helicopter had previously reported seeing lanterns in the area. However, intriguingly, "neither of the pilots believed what they saw was a lantern."

    Although the board conceded that they could not make a determination as to what the object could have been, they did classify the case as an 'A-level' event, which is the highest risk assessment possible. They also mused that it was "a situation where providence had played a major part in the incident" and that a disastrous collision very well could have occurred had circumstances only been slightly different. While UFO enthusiasts may wonder if an alien craft could have been to blame for the near-miss, a more plausible explanation would seem to be that it was a drone encounter as the Airprox filing for that month features a whopping seven such instances of pilots reporting UAV sightings while flying.

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  2. Skepticide123

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    Thanks for that! It's been happening for a long time and Nick Pope and others have mentioned it, too:
    https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/10/19/ufo-sightings-pose-danger-to-aviation
    "In fact, many experts are more concerned about the hazards these sightings pose to aviation than about the potential for alien involvement. When flight crews are distracted by what's going on "outside the window," they are focused on that and "not flying the airplane anymore," says Richard Haines, a former senior research scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center who is now chief scientist of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, a private research group focused on flight safety related to unidentified aerial phenomena. Kean agrees, particularly since pilots have reported encountering some of the more bizarre sights in the sky, including metallic disks, massive cigar-shaped craft, green spheres, and highly agile objects that seem to stop, accelerate, and turn in response to a pursuing pilot's maneuvers.

    Haines believes only about 5 to 10 percent of incidents ever get reported, in part because professional pilots fear ridicule and potential damage to their careers."

    It's another reason not to tell the people: "This is the Captain" "Hey there are all of these unknown alien cloaked objects around us now" "Enjoy your flight"...
     
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  3. Skepticide123

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  4. nivek

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    bump...

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  5. pigfarmer

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    I would assume this was at 30K feet or so where an airliner normally would be and not on approach. Under 3-5K feet these days all bets are off. We even have Lost in Space jet pack lunatics zooming around in places they shouldn't be, and if we know about that there are plenty of others we don't.
     
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    Could a guy on a jet pack fly at 30k feet?...For that matter could a civilian drone fly at that altitude?...

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  7. pigfarmer

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    No. Not enough air up there. Somewhere in the 15K range is where you need oxygen. Remember Mantell and his F-51?
     
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  8. Thomas R. Morrison

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    The incident occurred on approach to the airport at a distance of 3.4 nautical miles and an altitude of 1800 ft. All we have by way of a description is "a bright light" and "fast-moving." I'm thinking that it could've been a model rocket, which commonly reach 2000ft.
     

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