RAF Tornado 'ducked under' another jet in near-miss over airbase
The incident at Lossiemouth was blamed on a 'misjudgement' by an air traffic controller.
An RAF Tornado “ducked under” another jet in a near-miss over Lossiemouth airbase.
The incident in November 2014 was blamed on a “misjudgement” by an inexperienced air traffic controller.
One of the Tornados was on approach to land when its pilot became concerned about the proximity of the second jet.
Both pilots took evasive action and the second Tornado passed around 400ft below the first at the Moray base.
The pilot of the second aircraft told tower control: “I’m going to duck under, he’s way too close.”
A report by the UK Airprox Board, which investigates mid-air near-misses, concluded: “Acknowledging that the controller was relatively inexperienced, the board was disappointed that he had not given traffic information on first spotting the potential conflict on his radar.
“However, they were heartened to hear that new simulator scenarios to include the need to give traffic information were being included in training, and that these were to be used RAF-wide
”The board noted that whilst well-intentioned, the controller’s plan to get both aircraft in from their approaches was based upon the flawed use of the “if visual call tower” procedure.
“This procedure was not intended for use in this scenario.”
The panel found the pilots were not at fault.
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