Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney famously sang “all you need is love,” but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a little luck, too.
Luck was certainly with him on May 3rd when he and his wife narrowly escaped a disastrous helicopter crash. The pilot of McCartney’s helicopter was just two feet away from a fatal crash, according to Rolling Stone.
The bumpy ride began aboard a $7,940,000 Air Harrods aircraft. The pilot attempted to land on 70-year-old McCartney’s East Sussex estate. Allegedly the pilot became “disoriented” while attempting to conclude the flight in bad weather.
The copter’s landing mechanism suggested that the landing point was actually a set of trees instead of the ground. Luckily the 55-year-old pilot was able to avoid trouble and make an emergency landing at a nearby airport.
The split-second maneuver by the pilot avoided what could have ended in fatality. The former Beatles star and his wife Nancy Shevell were unaware of how close they came to harm’s way, according to the Rolling Stone article.
The near-miss experience is being investigated by the Department of Transport. The Air Accident Investigation Branch has deemed the mishap a “serious incident.”
Neither McCartney nor his wife has spoken about the terrifying ordeal. According to the Rolling Stone, a rep for McCartney stated, “Paul has been spoken to. It has been put to him, everything. It’s a no comment.’”
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