Aviation authorities say that the pilot told them last July that he was certain the object was going to collide with his jet and that he manoeuvred to avoid the collision as it headed towards him. They have been not able to identify the mysterious UFO, which apparently about to collide with the airliner at tremendous speed.
The incident happened at around 32 kilometres west of Heathrow airport while the Airbus A320 was flying at 34,000 feet.
According to a report from investigators, the pilot thought that he was about to have a collision with a UFO under the apprehension that there was no time to react. The captain’s immediate reaction was to manoeuvre to the right and reach over his first officer to alert him. He had no time to talk to alert his FO when the incident happened. He was completely expecting to experience some kind of impact with the mysterious aerial object.
The pilot told investigators the cigar/rugby ball-like shape object passed on the top of the jet within a few feet away. The UFO had metallic construction and bright silver in colour. UK Airprox Board, which examines near misses involving aircraft in Great Britain, studied the episode.
The board checked all possibilities about the event including data recordings of aircraft in the area during that that time, along with weather balloons. But ruled out them all as military radar personnel was also not able to identify the mysterious aerial object.