Mystery glider forces plane to avoid mid-air crash over Daventry
A pilot was forced to take evasive action to avoid crashing with a mysterious glider over Daventry. The pilot was on a routine survey flight over the Northamptonshire town on September 6, 2021 when the incident occurred.
A report created by the Airprox Board UK – which analyzes the risk of mid-air collisions – says the F406 plane was traveling westbound at the time of the near miss. The pilot said the glider came “out of nowhere” from right to left over their nose.
Turning sharply to the right, the plane tried to avoid a collision, before turning back on its normal course. However, turning to the left, the glider appeared to turn towards them, but once their wings were level, the glider had fallen behind them.
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The pilot rated the risk of collision as “medium” and said the separation was about 200m. Birmingham Radar was the service offering advice to pilots in the area, but they said nothing was observed by the operator.
According to the board, they attempted to identify the glider pilot to get their version of the incident, but they could never be located. Concluding the report, the board said the situational awareness and confrontational action of the pilot and radar operator was “ineffective”.
They said the unknown glider was “not picked up by Birmingham radar” and that the pilot of the F406 “had no situational awareness of the presence of the unknown glider”. The council classified the risk of collision in category C, where A is the highest and E the lowest.
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