Safety fears over fighter jets as 350 near-misses revealed

By Calum Ross

Published: 14/12/2013

Fresh safety fears have been raised about RAF Lossiemouth’s Tornado jets after it emerged that the aircraft have been in more than 350 near-misses in recent years.

Ministry of Defence statistics revealed there have been an average of 23 incidents every year in which a Tornado pilot or ground controller feared a plane’s safety was compromised.

There have been 13 of the “airprox” cases so far this year, and 28 last year, with 361 reported in total since 1998.

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