ROYAL SCARE FORCE; Jet misses passenger flight collision.. by half a second.
Byline: SHAUN MILNE
SCOTS top guns training to blitz Baghdad were half a second away from smashing into a passenger plane at 5,000ft.
The Tornado jet, based at RAF Leuchers in St Andrew's, Fife, was travelling so fast there was no time to switch course.
Only sheer luck stopped it slicing through the civilian Shorts aircraft, which had 11 people on board.
The Tornado was one of four taking part in the night training along with another 28 military fast jets.
Air traffic control who were speaking to the shocked civilian pilot heard him swear loudly as the dramatic near miss of just 100ft happened.
Air accident investigators said: "The pilot almost almost immediately transmitted an expletive followed by the words 'airmiss' (near miss).
"The two-man Tornado crew did not see the conflict until it had passed via their on-board radar."
The incident, which occurred 26 miles from Newcastle airport This article is about the airport in England, for other airports with this name, see Newcastle Airport (disambiguation).
Newcastle Airport (IATA: NCL, ICAO: EGNT) is the tenth largest airport in the United Kingdom. last March, was detailed in an Air Accident Investigation Branch report yesterday.
The jet swooped as the Gill Airways' Shorts SD360 from Aberdeen descended into the airport. The near miss was one of 87 involving military and commercial planes in uncontrolled airspace Uncontrolled airspace is an aviation term to describe airspace where an Air Traffic Control (ATC) service is not deemed necessary or cannot be provided for practical reasons. According to the airspace classes set by ICAO both class F and class G airspace are uncontrolled. from January 1990 to March last year.
Four were of category A, in which there was real risk of a collision.
In its report, the AAIB AAIB Air Accidents Investigation Branch (United Kingdom)
AAIB Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (Switzerland)
AAIB Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (Denmark) said that the CAA Caa
See CCC. and the Ministry of Defence should look at safety of uncontrolled airspace, where pilots get information from controllers but are responsible for avoiding other aircraft on a "see-and-be-seen" basis.
The report is also likely to re-ignite the row over the privatisation Noun 1. privatisation - changing something from state to private ownership or control
denationalisation, denationalization, privatization
social control - control exerted (actively or passively) by group action of air-traffic control air-traffic control air n → Flugsicherung f at Prestwick, Ayrshire.