First we have satellites crashing in space and now this :-
A £25million Tornado was hurtling across flat countryside on a simulated mission when a £2million two-seat RAF Tucano trainer crossed its path just 30 feet in front of its nose.
The pilot of the Tornado exclaimed, “Jesus! “F*** me sideways!” as the turboprop Tucano appeared from the left on a collision course at a combined closing speed of 850mph.
Fortunately the pilot of the Tornado was able to bank to the right and swing his jet round averting a collision which would have engulfed both planes in a massive fireball with four deaths.
The Royal Navy’s HMS Vanguard and the French Navy’s Le Triomphant, both nuclear powered and carrying nuclear missiles, collided deep under the Atlantic.
A senior Navy source said, “the potential consequences are unthinkable".
As inquiries began, naval sources said it was a millions-to-one unlucky chance both subs were in the same patch of sea. Warships have sonar gear which locates submarines by sound waves. But modern anti-sonar technology is so good it is possible neither boat “saw” the other.
The naval source said: “Crashing a nuclear submarine is as serious as it gets.”
The Vanguard was last night towed into Faslane in Scotland, with dents and scrapes visible on her hull whilst Le Triomphant limped to Brest with extensive damage to her sonar dome