UFO came within 20ft of crashing into packed passenger plane leaving Heathrow in terrifying near miss

A UFO came within 20ft feet of colliding with a packed passenger plane.

The terrifyingly close call occurred on October 16 moments after the Airbus A321 had taken off from London's Heathrow airport.

The unidentifiable object  – 3,000ft high – was spotted just six metres away from the left wing of the plane.

Safety regulators the UK Airprox Board classed the near-miss as 'category A' – meaning there was a serious risk of collision.

It is thought the bright red object could have been a drone but the pilots were unable to be certain.

The Airprox report concluded: "The Board considered that the pilot’s overall account of the incident portrayed a situation where providence had played a major part in the incident and/or a definite risk of collision had existed."

The scare in the skies was the latest in a string of near-misses.

In September, an unknown object – thought to be a drone – came within seconds of colliding with another flight.

It was seen moving towards their Boeing 737 plane “almost head on” and passed just 10 feet away.

The same month, a drone came three feet away from striking an Easyjet flight which had taken off from Manchester Airport.

The Airbus A320, carrying 186 passengers, was 8,000ft over Greater Manchester which it came perilously close to the drone – flying 20 times above the legal height.

Pilots are reporting two near-misses a week – with more than 400 incidents in the past five years.

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