A 92-year-old veteran Japanese pilot has reversed a plane into oncoming traffic narrowly escaping a mid-air collision.

“I could see his reverse lights come on and I thought, ‘What the hell is this guy doing?’” said JAL pilot Hiroki Takahashi.

“He also didn’t use his blinkers until he was already starting to turn.”

The government has announced it will be restructuring the pilot license system in the wake of this latest incident.

The new license system will target pilots aged between 85 and 105 years old, who will be required to take a cognitive assessment test when they renew their licenses every decade.

“This age group accounts for nearly 50 per cent of our pilots,” said government spokesman Toshito Teru.

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