Sir Elton John endured mid-air drama as his private jet suffered hydraulic failure at 10,000ft on Monday 21 February.
Elton, 74, left Farnborough Airport for New York soon after 10am but one hour into the 3,000 mile trip, the singer’s £66 million jet’s hydraulics failed, according to reports.
Gradual or sudden loss of pressure or flow resulting in a loss of power is common in hydraulic system failure, which is often caused by air and water contamination.
As a result of the failure, Elton’s pilot had to make a U-turn back to Farnborough Airport for an emergency landing where the fire service was waiting for them.
Firefighters from six stations raced to the scene and the runway was cleared,The Sunreports.
Making things worse, Storm Franklin made it difficult for the plane to land, leading to the pilot having to abort the landing twice as wind hit speeds of 80mph on the runway.
A witness said of the ordeal: “The jet was being buffeted and couldn’t land. It was horrible to see.”
Another witness told The Sun: “The terrible weather and epic gusts made it almost impossible to land. Two attempts to touch down failed.
“The plane was being buffeted and couldn’t make it. The aircraft’s nose was far too vertical. The plane was descending and was halfway along the runway when it gave up trying to hit the tarmac. It soared back in the air.”
Meanwhile, a source close to the I’m Still Standing singer said Elton was understandably “shaken” by the ordeal but, despite the fearsome experience, he jumped on another US-bound flight the same day to make it to New York in time for a gig yesterday evening, Tuesday 22 February.
OK! has contacted Sir Elton's representative for comment.
The flight failure comes after the 74 year oldrecently had to cancel two of his showsafter testing positive for Covid-19.
A statement from the singer’s reps said at the time: “It is with great regret that the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates in Dallas set for Tuesday, January 25 and Wednesday, January 26 must be postponed due to Elton recently testing positive for COVID-19.
“Fortunately, Elton is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is experiencing only mild symptoms."
The rep added that the cancelled Texas dates would be rescheduled.
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