Near-miss collision in skies above Haverhill saw jet plane and glider come within 100 metres of each other
Two aircraft came within 100 metres of each other in a near-miss collision in the skies above Haverhill, a report has found.
A jet plane and a glider were just north of the town at about 12.24pm on September 5 last year when the two were in a 'serious' risk of collision, the UK Airprox Board said.
The board said it was 'entirely serendipitous' that the Falcon 2000 and the Glasflügel Mosquito glider did not collide.
The near-miss was classed as category A, the UK Airprox Board's highest risk classification.
In the report, the Falcon pilot said "there was no time, nor need, to take any avoiding action; their speed meant that the threat was gone within seconds."
Meanwhile, the pilot of the glider said they had "spotted, in the corner of their eye, an aircraft passing to their right, coming from behind them and travelling very quickly".
They said that the other aircraft was at about the same height as their aircraft.
The board said it had been a 'very close encounter' in which a 'See and Avoid' safety measure was the most viable, but it was ultimately found to be 'ineffective'.
Concluding the report, the board said a "serious risk of collision had existed because the separation that had been present had been entirely serendipitous".