Elton John caught in terrifying mid-air emergency

Feb 23, 2022
Fire crews raced to Farnborough Airport, Hants after the star's plane twice aborted landing on a day winds hit 80mph. Source: Getty

Sir Elton John has been caught in a horrific plane emergency en route to New York on Monday, February 21.

Reportedly leaving from Farnborough Airport, the Bennie and the Jet‘s singers private jet suffered a hydraulic failure at 10,000 feet, just an hour after takeoff, forcing the pilot to turn back right as the plane approached the South Coast of Ireland. 

The pilot attempted to land the aircraft twice at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire. A plumber named Philip Thomson witnessed the attempted landings and told The Sun that he was carrying out maintenance at the airport when the Candle In the Wind star’s jet loomed into view on the day storm Franklin’s winds battered the country.

“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,” he recalled. 

 “The jet was being buffeted and couldn’t land. It was horrible to see.”


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Reports claim that the complications began shortly after the aircraft had taken off en route to New York at 10.20am. Shortly afterward, the jet suffered a hydraulic failure, with this reported at 11.19am. The pilot then declared an emergency landing, alerting ambulance crews and police as firefighters from six stations raced to the airport.


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The 74-year-old superstar was shaken by the ordeal but was determined not to upset fans as he caught another flight to New York to finally perform at Madison Square Garden as part of his global Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

Another source told the publication “It was a white-knuckle ride and Elton was shaken. But he put aside any personal anguish to get back on a plane. For Elton, quite literally, the show must go on.”

Sir Elton’s final word tour was announced back in 2018 and was scheduled to end in December 2020, but was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. 

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