Prince Charles once enjoyed piloting his own flights, but a shocking plane crash saw that change forever. The Prince of Wales was involved in the alarming incident during a visit to the Isle of Islay in Scotland in 1994. Charles was flying the Queen's Flight passenger jet when it dramatically overshot the runway. Landing too fast and too awkwardly left the royal plane with its nose buried in mud.
Prince Charles: Royal’s shock plane crash in Scotland revealed in new documentary
The crash in the Inner Hebrides has been examined by new Channel 5 documentary, Secrets of the Royal Flight, airing on Friday.
A newsreader at the time of the 1994 crash said in his report: “The Prince of Wales had a narrow escape when the jet he was piloting burst a tyre as it landed and slid off the runway.
“Prince Charles had taken over the aircraft’s controls as he often does on such occasions.”
Former RAF Squadron Leader, Graham Laurie, the pilot at the time, was later found to be negligent in allowing the heir to the throne to take the controls.
Six crew and five passengers were on board but no one was injured - yet Laurie still took full responsibility.
The pilot told the Channel 5 programme: “The nose wheel had landed because it was right beneath us so we were bumping along the runway.
Prince Charles was flying the Queen's Flight passenger jet when it dramatically overshot the runway (Image: Channel 5)
“What we didn’t realise was that the main wheels were still slightly clear of