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Aviation: Fireworks

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many passenger aircraft have reported instances of near misses with fireworks in the last 10 years; and at what altitude each of the aircraft was when the near miss took place; (162766)

(2) how many passenger aircraft have been struck by fireworks in the last 10 years; at what altitude each aircraft was struck; and what damage was sustained.

Over the last 10 years, there have been 33 reports of fireworks in the vicinity of passenger aircraft within UK airspace, and six reports of passenger aircraft struck by fireworks in UK airspace.

The reported altitude and aircraft damage (if applicable) for each event is summarised in the following tables by year. Where the altitude of the aircraft was not reported, the data is recorded as “unknown”.

Fireworks reported in vicinity of passenger aircraft

Number

Height (feet)

1998

1

7,300

1999

2

8,000, 300

2000

1

500

2001

3

600, 400, 400

2002

6

Unknown, 300, 400, 150, 300, 300

2003

6

200, 1,200, 350, 400, 450, 350

2004

2

150, 400

2005

6

800, 150, unknown, 600, 450, 250

2006

4

700, 200, 3,000, 0

2007

2

150, 700

Total

33

Passenger aircraft struck by fireworks

Number

Height (feet)

Damage to aircraft

1998

0

n/a

n/a

1999

0

n/a

n/a

2000

1

100

No

2001

0

n/a

n/a

2002

1

800

No

2003

2

560, 250

No

2004

1

Unknown

No

2005

0

n/a

n/a

2006

0

n/a

n/a

2007

1

300

Scorched paint

Total

6