Near miss at Den­ham

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TWO light air­craft that came within 220 yards of col­lid­ing at Den­ham Air­field avoided a crash when one pi­lot spot­ted the dan­ger at the last minute, a re­port has re­vealed.

The Pi­la­tus PC12 and Cessna C152 were on a col­li­sion course over the air­field last May, the UK Air­prox Board ( UKAB) re­port says.

Ac­cord­ing to the BBC, the Pi­la­tus pi­lot saw the Cessna “very close” on his right and turned left.

The C152 pi­lot said he saw the gold air­craft 150200m away but did not have time to take avoid­ing ac­tion.

UKAB said chance had played a large part in the two planes com­ing so close at an al­ti­tude of about 1,000ft, just af­ter 9am on May 23, but the PC12 pi­lot “flew into con­flict” with the C152.

The board said it was “un­for­tu­nate” the PC12 pi­lot had not seen the C152 ear­lier, but it was “for­tu­nate” he did even­tu­ally see it, al­beit at close range.

“UKAB said both pilots shared equal re­spon­si­bil­ity for avoid­ing the col­li­sion, but the C152 pi­lot, who was in­struct­ing a stu­dent at the time, had right of way.

He had recorded “high risk” of col­li­sion.

“With a com­bi­na­tion of a late sight­ing, rel­a­tively high over­take speed, and re­ported hard turn away, it was also agreed that sep­a­ra­tion had been re­duced to the min­i­mum, and that chance had played a ma­jor part in events,” the re­port said.

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