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Charles and Camilla survive 'hairy' emergency landing

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall survived an emergency helicopter landing last year, it has emerged.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were unscathed by the "hairy" emergency landing. Credit: PA

Four other passengers were travelling on the Sikorsky S-76C helicopter on May 23 last year when the aircraft got into trouble, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

The heir to the throne and his wife were on their way to an engagement at the Hay-on-Wye festival in Wales, when the helicopter begin to veer - or yaw - to the right as it approached Denham aerodrome in Buckinghamshire.

The 53-year-old captain declared a Pan emergency, a less serious declaration than Mayday, and carried out a running landing at Denham.

It was described at the time by a royal source as "quite a hairy incident".