Prince William’s air ambulance came within half a second of a collision with a remote-controlled drone.
A report by the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near-collisions in UK airspace, said that ‘a collision had only been narrowly avoided’ and disaster was averted by pure ‘chance’.
The incident happened on August 26 of last year, at 1,900ft at 7.45pm. At the time of the incident, the helicopter had three medical staff and two pilots on board. A report was just recently released due to the sensitive nature of the incident.
The Duke of Cambridge regularly pilots the helicopter, code named Anglia Two, but was not on board at the time of this particular incident.
Police on the ground were alerted and responded to the incident, but failed to capture the operator of the drone, which was flying well above the legal height for drones in the UK.
The size of the drone was estimated at about eight inches across.
The incident and subsequent report was rated as a Category A incident due to there being a ‘serious risk of collision’.
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