16:35 06 January 2014
A commercial pilot’s sighting while flying his passenger jet near Heathrow Airport has left officials baffled. The captain reported to aviation authorities that a ‘rugby ball’ – shaped UFO passed within a few feet away from the aircraft and that he was sure the object was going to crash into the plane causing him to alter the plane’s course as it headed towards him.
The incident occurred while the A320 Airbus was cruising at 34,000ft, around 20 miles west of the airport, over the Berkshire countryside.
A report into the incident 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.”
Dr Clarke, a sceptic on UFO issues, said: “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.”
Chris Yates, an aviation consultant, said: “Although we assume when these things happen, a UFO is responsible, there is usually an explanation that materialises at some point.”