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Spitfire in air display near-miss

By Neil Lancefield

Published 15/10/2016

One of the few remaining airworthy Spitfire planes was involved in a near-miss with a light aircraft following an air display, an official report has revealed. File image
One of the few remaining airworthy Spitfire planes was involved in a near-miss with a light aircraft following an air display, an official report has revealed. File image

One of the few remaining airworthy Spitfire planes was involved in a near-miss with a light aircraft following an air display, an official report has revealed.

Just 100ft separated the aircraft from a Grob 115 as it led a formation that also included a Hurricane.

The incident over Wolverhampton on June 19 was deemed to be in the second highest risk category by the UK Airport Board.

There are only around 30 airworthy Spitfires left in the UK.

The pilot was "late" in spotting the light aircraft ahead of him.

He took evasive action to pass below and behind it, and told investigators that the planes would have been "very close indeed" if he had continued on his original path.

"This was a salutary lesson on the importance of maintaining a robust look-out in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace at all times, where 'see and avoid' is the main mitigation against mid-air collision," the report found.

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