The Duke of Cambridge’s air ambulance was within ‘half a second’ of ‘catastrophic’ disaster after a near miss by a drone mid-air.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Prince William’s helicopter almost collided with a remote controlled drone, and according to the official report, a ‘disaster was avoided by pure chance.’
According to the incident report, a collision was narrowly avoided while the helicopter was flying at nearly 2,000ft in the air.
Travelling at 138mph, the if the drone hit the helicopter, it would have likely downed the ambulance killing those on board.
It is not believed that the Duke of Cambridge was on board at the time, however, it is the helicopter he uses when working.
The incident was investigated by the police following the pilot reporting the incident.
The official report looking into the drone said: “The board considered that the reported range was such that this was a situation where a collision had only been narrowly avoided and chance had played a major part.”
According to the report, the event took place in the Summer of 2016, however, details are only just coming to light.
An East Anglian Air Ambulance spokesperson said: “We can confirm that, in accordance with aviation regulations and procedures, a pilot reported a drone in his proximity on August 26, 2016.
‘The Duke of Cambridge was not on shift when the drone incident took place. There are strict rules that drone operators must follow, and it is important they are aware of their responsibilities for safe operations at all times.”
Kensington Palace has refused to comment on the matter.