Prince Andrew braced for death in flight

June 2, 2004 at 8:20 AM
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LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Andrew says he feared for his life aboard a private jet when everyone was ordered into crash position, The Sun reported Wednesday.

The incident occurred as the prince, two bodyguards and several others were returning to London from a visit to Jordan Sunday. The prince's comments -- "I really thought we were all going to die" -- came to light Tuesday.

The $27 million executive twin-engine jet made a shuddering landing in Jordan shortly after take-off when a cockpit light indicated a failure in the hydraulic system that controls the wing flaps.

The 44-year-old prince is a former Navy helicopter pilot who saw action in the Falkland Islands conflict with Argentina. He and his shaken entourage departed soon after aboard a different aircraft.

Ten years ago, his eldest brother, Prince Charles, was at the controls of a $30 million BAe 146 royal jet when it overshot an airstrip on Islay, bursting a tire. He was unhurt, but said, "It is not something I recommend."

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