Two fighter jets avoid crash on train­ing mis­sion

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TWO fighter jets nar­rowly avoided a headon col­li­sion while on a train­ing mis­sion over north Wales.

The Hawk and Tor­nado air­craft were in the skies above Glantwymyn on the “Mach Loop” when ra­dio con­tact was lost.

The in­struc­tor in the Hawk man­aged a steep climb to avoid the col­li­sion.

A re­port by the UK Air­prox Board said: “Dur­ing the tran­sit the stu­dent trans­mit­ted their planned en­try and exit points. A Tor­nado for­ma­tion re­sponded with their in­ten­tions to exit the loop. The Hawk QFI [in­struc­tor] per­ceived the Tor­nado crew’s sit­u­a­tional aware­ness was that the Hawk was north, head­ing south, which gave the in­struc­tor cause for con­cern and he told the stu­dent to head north.”

As the stu­dent turned they saw the Tor­nado head­ing to­wards a col­li­sion course with their air­craft, and the in­struc­tor car­ried out the ma­noeu­vre to avoid a crash.

The board re­port into the in­ci­dent in July found nei­ther pi­lot could have seen the other any sooner, and that the ac­tions of both pi­lots were ac­cept­able.

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