British airspace was a bit busier than usual on July 13th 2013 at around 6.35pm, according to an airline pilot flying near Heathrow Airport. The perplexed A320 Airbus pilot has reported a near miss in which a UFO, shaped like a rugby ball, passed within a few feet of his passenger jet. The object was so close that the pilot was convinced it was going to crash into the plane, and actually ducked as it headed towards him. Despite investigations by the aviation authorities, there seems to be no explanation for the events. The incident occurred while the Airbus was cruising at 34,000ft, around 20 miles west of Heathrow. The captain spotted the object travelling towards the jet from a left hand side, cockpit window. To his horror, the UFO seemed to be heading straight towards the plane. He described the object as being silver, metallic and ‘cigar/rugby ball’ shaped. The object moved so quickly that according to a report into the event;
‘He was under the impression that they were on a 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’.
Immediately afterwards, the pilot checked his instruments and contacted air traffic control to report the incident, but there was no sign of the curious craft. UK Airprox Board, (the body that deals with aircraft near misses), has eliminated all known aircraft in the vicinity from being involved. It also ruled out meteorological balloons. Toy balloons were also discounted, as they cannot reach 34,000 feet. Details of the incident have emerged now, following publication of the report, which concluded it was ‘not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting’. Nor does the report name the airline or flight involved. You might imagine that this is a one off event, but you’d be wrong. In 2012, the head of the National Air Traffic Control Services said staff detected around one unexplained flying object every month.