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Airplane X-files? Pilot reports UFO near London

An airline pilot flying near London reported a near miss in which a “rugby ball”-shaped UFO passed within a few feet of his aircraft

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E.T. could well have been on a visit to London as a mysterious flying object was reported by a pilot and investigated by the UK Airprox Board.

An airline pilot flying near the capital city reported a near miss in which a “rugby ball”-shaped UFO passed within a few feet of his aircraft. The incident, which occurred during daylight hours on July 13, was looked into by the UK Airprox Board, a body that investigates “near misses” involving aircraft in British airspace, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Monday.

The incident occurred while the A320 Airbus was cruising at 34,000ft, around 32 kilometers west of Heathrow Airport.

The captain of the unnamed airline was, according to the Airprox Board’s report, certain the object would crash into his aircraft and maneuvered his plane to the right.

The final report states that: “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.”

The pilot described the object as being “cigar/rugby ball like” in shape, bright silver and apparently “metallic.”

After the apparent near miss, the pilot checked the aircraft’s instruments and contacted air traffic controllers to report the incident, according to the report.

Following up on the incident, the UK Airprox Board checked data to find out if any other aircraft had been in the area at the time. However, it eliminated the possibility that the object had been another airplane, it also ruled out meteorological balloons, after checking none were released in the vicinity.

According to their report, military radar operators were also contacted but were unable to trace the reported object.

The incident has only emerged now, following the publication of the report, which concluded that it was “not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting.”