Typhoon jet narrowly avoided collision at RAF Coningsby

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A Typhoon jet came within just 20 feet of crashing into another aeroplane in a “high risk” incident at RAF Coningsby earlier this year, a report has revealed.

The dramatic incident, which took place on March 12, has been classified as ‘A’ - meaning that the incident was at “high risk” of a collision.

The Typhoon pilot had believed that a Tucano training plane had descended out of the way and that he was clear to land. However, when he turned right, he spotted the other plane and was forced to break formation to avoid a collision.

Investigators said that the training plane had to share airspace with the fighter jets because Coningsby was the only suitable location on the day, due to the weather.

Following the incident, the RAF has instigated a review of procedures for planes flying above the airfield.

The report, by the UK Airprox Board, concluded: “The Typhoon pilot had flown into conflict with the Tucano, and chance had played a major part in the aircraft not colliding.”

The report also suggested the Typhoon pilot’s lack of experience flying in circuit with other aircraft was a factor.

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