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UK airline pilots report UFO near-misses

Posted on Saturday, 14 September, 2019 | Comment icon 12 comments

What are the mystery objects encountered by pilots ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Ostersund Photography
UFO researchers have called for an investigation into pilot reports of near-misses with unidentified objects.
According to a recent analysis by Newsquest's Data Investigations Unit, the UK Airprox Board, which deals with cases where an aircraft's safety has been comprised by its vicinity to another object, has investigated 36 reports of incidents involving unidentified flying objects since May 2017.

Five such cases were even reported in April of this year alone, with two being considered serious.

"It's clear that pilots and air traffic services personnel are witnessing many near misses in UK airspace," said former Ministry of Defense UFO investigator Nick Pope.

"The suspension of flying at Gatwick Airport earlier this year leads the media and the public to assume such occurrences involve drones, but applying the UK Airprox Board's own guidelines, many of the reports being attributed to drone activity should more properly be characterized as 'unknown objects'."

"Pilots frequently see things in the skies that they can't identify. The UK Airprox Board has a significant number of such accounts and there are numerous reports in the MoD's UFO files."

Not all pilots however are comfortable with reporting such incidents to their superiors.

"I think there's a ridicule factor that pilots and other staff won't report things they see because they think they will be laughed at," said Janet Walker from the Lancashire Aerial Phenomena Investigation Society (LAPIS).

"It does happen that people spot things and these UFOs are not necessarily spaceships. It does happen and some are never identified."

Source: The Bolton News | Comments (12)

Tags: UFO, Pilot

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by mdbuilder on 15 September, 2019, 0:42
I wonder if the UFO pilots are complaining about all the air liner traffic?
Comment icon #4 Posted by skookum on 17 September, 2019, 4:50
Near misses with supposed drones are almost a daily headline occurrence in the UK press. But when you read the article it doesn't makes sense. Many sightings are made above 10,000 ft with the aircraft doing 250 knots plus. The press portrays them as little drones you can by for a a few hundred off ebay or Amazon. I doubt these could ever reach these altitudes so if they are indeed seeing drones they must be expensive professional ones. The drone fiasco at Gatwick doesn't add up either. I was on the perimeter of Gatwick near enough the whole time and saw nothing along with everyone else who I k... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by toast on 17 September, 2019, 7:00
It would be no prob for tech heads to modify a cheap drone to go 10.000ft altitude. 11.000ft altitude with a DJI Phantom 2 (starts at 200$ on Ebay, used): link EDIT: Ok, 11k is doubted but anyway
Comment icon #6 Posted by skookum on 17 September, 2019, 10:10
I see it is possible but on on the extreme side. The other day was an article on a near miss at 13,000ft. Plus you would need to be a rather eagle eyed pilot to spot something so small whilst travelling the speed of an airliner. There is however an obsession in the UK press about drone use.
Comment icon #7 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 17 September, 2019, 16:52
There are other problems to think about as well as Max working height of a drone if trying to position a drone close to an aircraft. The drone would have to reach its required height before the target aircraft arrived; assuming a drone could climb vertically at 30 mph it would need about four minutes to reach 11,000 ft. An aircraft on the final leg of its journey and slowing for landing might be travelling at four miles a minute? In four minutes the aircraft would cover 16 miles, it may not be visible to the drone operator when they need to launch the drone. Positioning a drone accurately, wit... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by toast on 17 September, 2019, 18:58
Its very easy to manage the conditions as mentioned above but I will not explain how to proceed because I will not deliver a how-to to the bad boys, on a public board.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 22 September, 2019, 3:20
Dang Aliens are getting dangerous!† Don't they know anything about air traffic?†
Comment icon #10 Posted by Dejarma on 22 September, 2019, 3:22
are you suggesting that these reports are not 'alien' orientated?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 22 September, 2019, 14:28
Au contraire, mon amis.† Pilots know drones, and they did not report "drone activity". Gotta be Aliens.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Dejarma on 22 September, 2019, 15:41
A picture of a disk in the air with teeth marks & faded marker-pen writing that says: 'fido's frisbee' is good enough for you. The picture deion says ufo, so it must be... why would it be anything else!?†

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