Military planes in 'near-miss' over Linton-on-Ouse

Jun 02 2011

Three military planes came close to colliding in North Yorkshire, an independent report has revealed.

A Tucano and two Royal Navy hawk aircraft were coming into land at RAF Linton-on-Ouse when they were involved in a near-miss last October.

Investigators concluded that the aircraft would have collided had the pilots not taken avoiding action.

The report recommended changes to communication procedures between the control tower and visiting aircraft.

The details have emerged in a report from the UK Airprox Board, which is funded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and investigates near misses.

It said the Hawk pilots "flew into conflict" with with the Tucano, an RAF training aircraft, "which they did not see".

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