Sir Paul McCartney avoids helicopter crash by 'two feet'
MANILA, Philippines - Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shavell were on board a chartered 9-seater Air Harrods helicopter that nearly crashed earlier this year, reports Huffington Post.
The two were heading home to East Sussex, England after attending the vegetarian cookbook launch of McCartney's eldest daughter, Mary, at Liberty department store in London's west end in May 3.
According to Huffington Post (with reports from The Daily Mail), the 55-year-old pilot flying their helicopter became disoriented because of the bad weather. The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76C, plummeted towards trees before the pilot suddenly pulled it back up.
The helicopter missed the trees by two feet.
The pilot was able to land it safely at Lydd Airport, 15 miles from the 70-year-old music legend's home.
The ordeal has been categorized as a "serious incident" by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. It is reportedly being investigated by the UK Department of Transport.
According to the AAIB report, "flying conditions that night included ‘low cloudbase, poor visibility and rain’."
Air Harrods counts among its clients Tony Blair and Madonna.
According to The Daily Mail, the couple may not have been aware of how close to danger they were. They have been told and McCartney has declined to comment. - Rappler.com