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Prince Charles helicopter drama revealed

Published on Jan 9, 2014 9:51 PM
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A helicopter carrying Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla had to make an emergency landing after it began lurching to one side, investigators revealed on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP/POOL

LONDON (AFP) - A helicopter carrying Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla had to make an emergency landing after it began lurching to one side, investigators revealed on Thursday.

The pilot of the Sikorsky S-76C chopper, which was carrying the 65-year-old heir to the throne and five other passengers to Wales on May 23 last year, had to land at Denham aerodrome west of London, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

The helicopter landed safely and the royal couple made the rest of their journey to Wales' Hay-on-Wye literary festival by car, arriving three hours late.

At the time, a royal source described the emergency landing as "quite a hairy incident".

 
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