Fighter jet from Suffolk airbase forces helicopter into ‘evasive action’ in near miss

An F15 from Lakenheath was involved in a near miss with a RAF helicopter. Picture: GREGG BROWN

An F15 from Lakenheath was involved in a near miss with a RAF helicopter. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

An US F15 jet from RAF Lakenheath forced a helicopter into 'evasive action' to avoid a collision, a UK air safety board report has revealed.

The F15 jet was flying in the Llanberis Pass, Wales, when it encountered a Griffin helicopter conducting a mountain flying exercise.

Both aircrafts undertook collision avoidance tactics.

According to the report, the helicopter pilot took immediate evasive action by making a 'hard turn to remain tight against the valley.' The jet pilot 'turned hard right and climbed to increase separation.'

The aircrafts reportedly passed within 400m of one another.


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The UK Airprox board report stated that the two pilots 'shared equal responsibility for collision avoidance.

'It was determined that the pilot inadvertently turned north into Llanberis Pass.'

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This was the result of a 'navigation error.'

The incident took place on July 5, 2017.

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