BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Princess Anne in helicopter scare
Sikorsky S76 helicopter of the Royal Flight
The helicopter, like this one, had a gearbox fault
A helicopter carrying Princess Anne was set down moments after take-off in a "minor" safety scare, it has emerged.

The pilot reacted as the craft hovered above the ground when a cockpit warning light came on, indicating a possible gearbox problem.


An engineer was called and it was fixed really quickly

Buckingham Palace spokesman
The scare happened as the Princess Royal left an official engagement in Burntwood, Staffordshire, on Tuesday after opening a 7m leisure centre development.

The helicopter warning system detected tiny particles in the gearbox, Buckingham Palace said.

"The princess was not in any danger," a spokesman went on.

"It was just one of these things that happens when a light comes on to indicate a minor problem.

"An engineer was called and it was fixed really quickly."

After the emergency landing the princess used a car to get to her next engagement.

The helicopter was used on Wednesday for official engagements with the Earl and Countess of Wessex in Scotland, the Palace spokesman added.

See also:

Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more UK stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more UK stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes