UFO sighting near Heathrow Airport
Pilot claims to have had a very close encounter of the third kind
The captain was at 34,000ft and in command of his A320 Airbus when he claims to have seen the unidentified flying object out of his window.
The incident report states: "He (the pilot) 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 incident took place about 20 miles west of Heathrow.
In his report the captain claimed the ‘metallic’ bright silver ‘cigar/rugby ball-like’ UFO appeared just a few feet from his A320 airbus and he spotted it travelling towards him out of the left-hand side cockpit window at about 6:30pm on July 13 last year. The aircraft’s instruments were checked immediately by the pilot and air control but there was no sign of the UFO. Although any other random aircraft in the area was ruled out by the UK Airprox Board, which looks into near misses in British airspace.
The report found that it was ‘not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting’.
Dr David Clarke, the UFO consultant for the National Archives, told the Telegraph: ‘This latest sighting is interesting, because it is detailed and clear. These pilots don’t file these reports for something and nothing. There was obviously something there.’