1 Updates
Paul McCartney narrowly avoided crash

Paul McCartney narrowly avoided crash

Nov 11 2012, 5:02am CST | by

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell narrowly avoided a potentially-fatal crash earlier this year when the pilot of his helicopter became ''disorientated'' in bad weather.

Sir Paul McCartney narrowly avoided a potentially-fatal crash when the pilot of his helicopter became ''disorientated'' in bad weather. The Beatles legend and his wife Nancy Shevell were just two...

Filed under: news

Tweets

 
 
 

2 years ago

Paul McCartney narrowly avoided crash

Nov 11 2012, 5:02am CST | by

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell narrowly avoided a potentially-fatal crash earlier this year when the pilot of his helicopter became ''disorientated'' in bad weather.

Sir Paul McCartney narrowly avoided a potentially-fatal crash when the pilot of his helicopter became ''disorientated'' in bad weather.
The Beatles legend and his wife Nancy Shevell were just two feet away from disaster as the helicopter plunged towards trees, but fortunately the pilot dramatically lifted the chartered Sikorsky S-76C away at the last minute.
The drama happened as the aircraft attempted to land at night on a helipad at Paul's East Sussex estate and the helicopter eventually touched down safely after diverting to a nearby airport.
The couple were said to be unaware of how close they came to crashing but the near miss is being investigated by the Department of Transport.
According to The Mail on Sunday newspaper, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has categorised the episode - which occurred on May 3 - as a ''serious incident'', which it defines as ''involving circumstances indicating that an accident nearly occurred''.
The report also reveals flying conditions that night included ''low cloudbase, poor visibility and rain''.
Despite this, the pilot went ahead and prepared to land on Pauls's helipad, which is in the corner of a field encircled by woodland.
It added: ''While manoeuvring, the commander became disorientated and the helicopter descended towards tops of trees in the forested area to the south and west of the landing site.''
The pilot then ''executed a go-around'' or aborted landing.
Peter Norton, chief executive of the British Helicopter Association, said: ''He [the pilot] was going to land and realised he wasn't in control of the aircraft because of the weather conditions and visibility; he pulled in lots of power to climb away and correct the aircraft to its proper flightpath and missed whatever it was by two feet.''
Paul's spokesman said: ''Paul has been spoken to. It has been put to him, everything. It's a no comment.''


 
Update
1

Tweets

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Gwyneth Paltrow fails $29 Food Stamp Challenge
Gwyneth Paltrow fails $29 Food Stamp Challenge
Gwyneth Paltrow failed to complete the $29 food stamp dare in a miserable manner. One can only guess that the culinary habits of the rich and famous are hard to break.
 
 
Anna Kendrick pulls all out on John Krasinski on Lip Sync Battle: Watch
Anna Kendrick pulls all out on John Krasinski on Lip Sync Battle: Watch
Anna took to performing after John Krasinski and surprised everyone when her performance ended with an appearance from Jennifer Lopez and Krasinski couldn’t comprehend what had happened.
 
 
Michael Buble addresses Butt Photo Controversy
Michael Buble addresses Butt Photo Controversy
Michael Buble came in for some criticism after an Instagram photo of him taken by his wife showed an oblivious woman’s butt. He has apologized ever since for the blunder.
 
 
Zayn Malik thanks One Direction as he receives OCM Award
Zayn Malik thanks One Direction as he receives OCM Award
Zayn Malik thanked his band mates from One Direction as he received the OCM Award. It is for Outstanding Contribution to Music, something he richly deserves.