by Andrew Young, Daily Mail
Prince William’s air ambulance has come within half a second of a catastrophic mid-air collision with a remote-controlled drone.
Medics on board reacted with horror when they spotted the device within feet of potentially downing their helicopter.
An official report, seen by The Mail on Sunday, said that ‘a collision had only been narrowly avoided’ and disaster was averted by pure ‘chance’.
Last night aviation experts said the drone could have downed the helicopter, killing those on board and potentially causing more casualties on the ground.
The report reveals that the terrifying near-miss happened at 1,900ft when the helicopter, with three medical staff and two pilots on board, was flying almost directly over a McDonald’s restaurant filled with families.
It was flying at 138 mph, covering 200 feet a second, and the drone was less than 100ft away — making it half a second from impact.
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