Independent research by the BBC shows that ‘serious near misses’ have doubled over four years

In a news article released today, the British Broadcasting Corporation has published alarming statistics about near misses reported in UK airspace. 

Since 2013, the UK has seen an overall increase in reported near misses of 60%. Serious incidents, known as “category A airproxes”, doubled. This is against a backdrop of a general increase in aviation traffic, although the number of reported incidents is growing proportionally faster than the boom in air traffic.

Also of note was the fact that the UK had nearly 100 reported incidents of aircraft near misses with drones – a statistic that has grown from zero reports in 2013.