UK aviation authorities are investigating claims by an airline pilot that his plane was almost struck by a “rugby ball-like shape” which was bright silver and metallic-looking as he flew at an altitude of 34,000 feet near Heathrow airport.
Although the pilot and airline have not been named, the plane involved was an Airbus A320 and the incident took place at 18:35 on 13 July 2013 some 20 miles west of the airport over Berkshire, where two other unexplained UFOs were pictured one month earlier (14 June).
Experts believe that due to the plane’s altitude it probably wasn’t taking off or landing from Heathrow but was probably travelling between another UK airport and the continent.
The pilot estimated that the UFO avoided the plane by just a few feet, streaking over the top of the cockpit. When the pilot contacted air traffic control they could offer no explanation as no other aircraft was in the area at the time. Meteorological balloons, toy balloons and military craft were also ruled out and the sighting remains unexplained.