While the rest of the world was fixated last November on whether Kate Middleton was pregnant, she and her husband, Prince William, were focused on a close call involving a flight they were onboard, according to reports.
British media report that the British Airways flight the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were traveling on at the end of their humanitarian mission to Denmark in November was 200 feet from landing at London’s Heathrow Airport when the pilot had to make an emergency steep climb back into the air because another aircraft had not cleared the runway in time.
A British Airways official confirmed that the mid-air scare took place on Nov. 2 aboard the royals’ flight BA0821, but described the pilot’s maneuver as just a “standard procedure,” UK tabloid The People was first to report.
“Our crew were told by air traffic control to perform a go-around — a perfectly standard operation with no safety implications — because an aircraft from another airline hadn’t fully cleared the runway,” the spokesperson told People.
“Safety is always our priority and all our pilots are fully trained to deal with procedures of this kind. Our aircraft landed safely and customers left the plane as normal,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying.
Neither Middleton, 30, William, 29, or the rest of the passengers aboard the 162 seat Airbus flight were hurt, but Middleton was left “deeply unsettled,” the magazine reports.
“This really was a serious incident and would have been terrifying for those on board,” a source told The People.
The newlyweds had been visiting Copenhagen on one of their first joint humanitarian trips abroad to visit a United Nations facility and learn more about the situation in drought-stricken East Africa.
What made headlines during their trip instead was Middleton’s polite decline when invited to sample a bite of peanut paste that Prince William and their hosts dug into. Her refusal sparked speculation that she may be expecting since pregnant women are often encouraged by doctors to stay away from peanut products due to allergies.
A Clarence House spokesperson quickly denied the rumors at the time, both that Middleton was pregnant and that she had a peanut allergy.
The House has not issued a comment on the plane incident.