Wed, Jul 27, 2005
British Authorities Issue Report On October Near-Miss
Calling it a "deeply disturbing incident," British civil
aviation authorities issued their report this week on a near-miss
involving a Dash-8 and two RAF Hawks.
It happened over the town of Burrow Head near the Solway Firth
on October 27th. The UK's AirProx Board (Aircraft Proximity) stated
the three aircraft came within 200-feet of colliding and blamed the
incident on the Dash-8 pilots' inability to spot the oncoming
By the time the Hawk pilots spotted the Dash-8, it was too late
to take evasive action, according to the AirProx Board. The Dash-8
flew directly over the Hawks with only about 200 feet to spare.
The incident falls into what the board calls Risk Category A,
the closest of near-misses where there was a "high" risk of
collision. It was the only one of last year's incidents studied by
the board to involve a commercial passenger aircraft. In all, there
were 207 near misses reported over the UK in 2004. About a third of
them were Category A.
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