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Fighter jets narrowly avoid mid-air collision on Mach Loop

Near miss occurred when Hawk and Tornado lost radio contact in skies above Glantwymyn

Two fighter jets narrowly avoided a head-on collision while on a training mission over North Wales.

The Hawk and Tornado aircraft were in the skies above Glantwymyn on the ‘Mach Loop’ when radio contact was lost.

The instructor in the Hawk managed to go into a steep climb to avoid the collision.

A report by the UK Airprox Board said: “During the transit to the entry point the student transmitted their planned entry and exit points on the low-level common frequency.

“A Tornado formation on frequency responded with their intentions to exit the loop south-east heading towards Shobdon.

“The Hawk QFI [instructor] perceived that the Tornado crew’s situational awareness at this point was that the Hawk was north, heading south, which gave the instructor cause for concern and he told the student to head north, a right turn from their current heading.”

As the student turned, they saw the Tornado which was heading towards a collision course with their aircraft in a “belly up” position, and so the instructor carried out the manoeuvre to avoid a crash.


The Tornado pilot stated that the information sent out by the Hawk had not come through properly, and so the Tornado sent out information on what its proposed movements were in order to try to avoid any collision.

The pilot said they did not see the Hawk at any time.

The Airprox Board report into the incident in July found that neither pilot could have seen the other any sooner, and that the actions of both pilots was acceptable.

They said: “In assessing the cause of the Airprox, the Board had a short debate as to whether this was a late sighting or a conflict in the low-flying system.

“In the end, it was agreed that neither pilot could have seen the other aircraft before they did, and so the latter view prevailed.
  
“However, because of the nature of the avoiding action taken by the Hawk crew, the risk was assessed as Category B, safety margins had been much reduced below the norm.”

Category B finds that “safety is not assured”.

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