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‘Object’ in the sky compromised safety of Aberdeen helicopter, watchdog rules

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An official watchdog has ruled the safety of an Aberdeen helicopter was compromised by an unidentified flying – or floating – object.

The SK92 was travelling seven nautical miles north of Aberdeen when its pilot spotted something in the air.

A reflective object passed his left hand side after approaching the helicopter “rather quickly” at 3,000 feet.

A report notes it looked like a glass/silver balloon with the bottom half being cone shaped but the crew weren’t sure whether it was a weather balloon or a drone.

The UK Airprox board noted that although it was “sufficient to indicate that it was probably a balloon”, the safety of the helicopter could have been compromised.

The incident, which happened on October 29, 2019, was classed as a category B risk, where the safety of the aircraft was not assured.

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