The A320 was flying with its landing lights on, in clear conditions and at an altitude of about 4,000ft above the Baillieston area of Glasgow, when the pilot and non-flying pilot of the aircraft saw an object “loom ahead” at a range of about 100m. The object passed directly beneath the aircraft before either of the crew members had time to take avoiding action or had “really registered it”, although they both agreed that it appeared to have been blue and yellow in colour with a small frontal area, but that it was “bigger than a balloon”.
A320: “We just had something pass underneath us quite close and nothing on TCAS have you got anything on in our area?”
EGPF: “Negative we’ve got nothing on radar and we’re not talking to any traffic either.”
A320: “Not quite sure what it was but it definitely quite large and it’s blue and yellow.”Cockpit Transcript
The pilot asked the controller at Glasgow Airport if he was “talking to anything in the area” as he had “got quite close” to a blue and yellow aircraft, travelling in the opposite direction, which had passed just below him. The controller stated that he was not talking to anyone else in that area and that nothing was seen on radar. Search action was taken with no result and the A320 pilot stated his intention to file a report to Airprox, which investigates near misses.
Air traffic control said they had no trace of any other objects in the area at the time of the incident, although the radar at Prestwick did spot an “unidentified track history” 1.3 nautical miles east of the A320’s position 28 seconds earlier. Once the aircraft had landed, the pilot told the Glasgow Aerodrome Controller; “We seemed to only miss it by a couple of hundred feet, it went directly beneath us. Wherever we were when we called it in it was within about 10 seconds. Couldn’t tell what direction it was going but it went right underneath us.”
Airprox say; “Investigation of the available surveillance sources was unable to trace any activity matching that described by the A320 pilot. Additionally there was no other information to indicate the presence or otherwise of activity in the area.” They added that they were of the opinion that the object was unlikely to have been a fixed wing aircraft, helicopter or hot air balloon, given that it had not shown up on radar. They concluded; “Members were unable to reach a conclusion as to a likely candidate for the conflicting aircraft and it was therefore felt that the board had insufficient information to determine a Cause or Risk”.
It seems to us too much of a coincidence that the night we report flying objects attacking Birkenhead that up in Glasgow a plane sees an object of very similar size and colour to the UFO attacking Jammy Toast.
In the words of Fraiser from Dad’s Army; “We’re doomed, we’re all doomed!”