Fighter jets in near-miss with glider near RAF Lakenheath
- Credit: Gregg Brown
Two fighter jets narrowly missed a glider taking part in a contest in Suffolk last year, a report has revealed.
The F-15 Eagle fighter jets were flying in formation on a visual recovery mission to RAF Lakenheath on August 14 last year when one pilot saw a glider below.
Risks of collision were deemed high by the pilots, who at one point flew only 100ft above the glider, which had made a sharp right turn.
An emergency levelling off procedure was directed by the formation’s lead pilot which saw them clear of the glider.
The pilot of the Duo Discus glider reported that he was participating in a gliding competition and that there was “adequate separation” between him and the jets.
You may also want to watch:
He assessed the risk of collision as “low”, sparking Air Accidents Investigation Branch panel members assessing the case to “wonder whether he had a particularly robust approach to the risks of fastjets flying so close by”.
The local gliding club has since agreed to give notice to aviation authorities when competitions involve more than 20 aircraft.
This is not the first example of near misses around the airspace, with pilots at RAF Lakenheath were advised to keep their windows clean after a string of 19 similar incidents between 2012 and 2017.
- 1 Tankers on their way to Suffolk as the government unveils action plan
- 2 More Suffolk petrol stations closed as PM plans action
- 3 The 72 postcode areas where Covid infection rates are rising
- 4 Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich's 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday
- 5 Lorry drivers being offered up to £60,000 and other bonuses as shortage bites
- 6 Explained: What is causing the long queues at petrol stations?
- 7 Blaze spreads from classic car to bungalow next door
- 8 'Poor' infection control at care home sees used Covid test swab left in pile of clean PPE
- 9 Church brings a new Hope to former Ipswich Odeon cinema
- 10 Family of hairdresser, 17, who died in her sleep 'overwhelmed' by tributes