PRINCE William’s old air ambulance was in a crash scare with a chopper from brother Harry’s former base.
The rescue helicopter ended up on a near collision course with the Army Air Corps Apache, which had just taken off and was doing 115mph.
The crew of the Army chopper halted its climb and the air ambulance passed just 300ft above it at 140mph over the airfield in Wattisham, Suffolk.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance was flying from its base at Cambridge airport to an incident in Ipswich. William flew the same EC145 helicopter between 2015 and 2017. Harry spent three years as an Apache pilot based at Wattisham.
A report by the UK Airprox Board said air traffic controllers had given permission for the air ambulance to fly through the military zone at Wattisham. Controllers also allowed the Apache to take off and only informed its two-man crew of the possible presence of the air ambulance when they were in the air.
The crew of the air ambulance claimed there had only been a “low” risk of collision due to both helicopter crews being able to see each other.
But they admitted they were surprised that the Apache had been cleared for take-off when they were approaching the area.
The UKAB report said it “may have been a more prudent course of action” for the Apache take-off to have been delayed. It was rated as a Category C incident.
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