Paul McCartney narrowly avoided a potentially-fatal crash when the pilot of his helicopter became ”disorientated” in bad weather.
The Beatles legend and his wife Nancy Shevell were just two feet away from disaster as the helicopter plunged towards trees, but fortunately the pilot dramatically lifted the chartered Sikorsky S-76C away at the last minute.
The drama happened as the aircraft attempted to land at night on a helipad at Paul’s East Sussex estate and the helicopter eventually touched down safely after diverting to a nearby airport.
According to The Mail on Sunday newspaper, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has categorized the episode – which occurred on May 3 – as a ”serious incident”, which it defines as ”involving circumstances indicating that an accident nearly occurred.”
The report also reveals flying conditions that night included ”low cloudbase, poor visibility and rain”.
Despite this, the pilot went ahead and prepared to land on Paul’s helipad, which is in the corner of a field encircled by woodland.
It added: ”While maneuvering, the commander became disorientated and the helicopter descended towards tops of trees in the forested area to the south and west of the landing site.”
The pilot then ”executed a go-around” or aborted landing.
Paul’s spokesman said: ”Paul has been spoken to. It has been put to him, everything. It’s a no comment.”