Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque Apple LLCA few months back, Paul McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell, came within feet of a helicopter accident that could have cost them their lives. The Mail on Sunday reports that, according to documents recently released by the U.K.'s Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB), a copter carrying the Beatles legend and his spouse missed hitting the tops of trees by two feet as it approached a helipad on the grounds of Sir Paul's estate in East Sussex, England.
The McCartneys reportedly were returning home after attending a London event this past May celebrating the publication of a new cookbook by Paul's daughter Mary when the incident occurred. The air traffic reports states that bad weather caused an unnamed pilot to become disoriented, leading to the near accident. The attempted landing was subsequently aborted and the couple instead were brought safely to an airport in nearby Kent, England.
The AAIB categorized the event as a "serious incident," meaning that it involved "circumstances indicating that an accident nearly occurred."
A representative for Air Harrods, the company from which the helicopter was chartered, tells The Mail, "Harrods Aviation can confirm that an incident took place on May 3 involving an Air Harrods helicopter. We are working in full cooperation with the AAIB which are currently investigating the incident."
A spokesman for McCartney, meanwhile, says the rock star has no comment.
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