§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Trade, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South on 16 July, if he will make a statement on the airmiss between a Fokker Friendship operated by Air UK and another aeroplane; what the joint airmiss section of the National Air Traffic Services report said; and what has subsequently been done.
§ Mr. Tebbit
Investigation by the joint airmiss section of the National Air Traffic Services into the airmiss near Aberdeen on 11 July 1980 between an Air UK F27 and a Canberra aircraft operated by the Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik and Beschaffung, the Federal German Government's equivalent to the UK MOD(PE), revealed that the German aircraft unintentionally entered the Aberdeen special rules zone without obtaining the necessary air traffic control clearances. At the material time the airport approach radar controller was monitoring the F27's approach, and warned the pilot of the proximity of the other aircraft.
The joint airmiss working group considered that due to the alertness of the radar controller there was no serious risk of collision.