Why King Charles Stopped Piloting Planes Following Near-Miss Crash

Why King Charles Stopped Piloting Planes Following Near-Miss Crash

While there is certainly a history of pilots in the royal family, with the late Prince Phillip and Princes William and Harry all famously being keen pilots, did you know that King Charles III also had an interest in flying before stopping after a near-miss crash?

In our latest episode of A Right Royal Podcast, we were joined by the royal family’s former pilot Graham Laurie, who discussed the heart-stopped moment that he and Charles’ plane went off the runway while the royal was piloting the aircraft back in 1994.

Detailing the situation, Graham explained: “We were flying from Aberdeen to Isley in the Western Isles of Scotland. And he did the landing. And the non-operating pilot, which was me in that case in the right-hand seat, pushed the control column forward as soon as we were on the ground, and unfortunately, we were going a little bit faster than I realized and it lifted the main wheels off the ground.”

He continued: “Now we’re sitting right over the nosewheel. He pressed the brakes and he said they’re not working. I said I have control and took it over. And he was absolutely right. They weren’t working. Because the main wheels were not on the ground. What had happened, they would they were literally about a few inches above the ground. And then when they did come down, the brakes were already on. And consequently, the tires burst.”

Tune in to the podcast to hear the whole tale – and why the close call caused him to stop piloting planes.

Speaking about whether he was feeling nervous in that moment, Graham continued: “I was keen to stop the aircraft to put it mildly and tried to turn it off. But we were going, we went off the runway probably doing only about ten miles an hour or something like that. It wasn’t careering off the runway. It was one of those things, not my proudest moment. I was very sorry it happened. And it certainly wasn’t his fault.”

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