The Queen‘s £5million Sikorsky S-76 was reportedly grounded just minutes into its flight on Wednesday. The helicopter was meant to fly from Newcastle Airport to Balmoral to collect Princess Anne, it has been claimed.
However, the 200-mile trip was aborted to allow mechanics to look into the technical fault, the Sun wrote.
The newspaper added that experts were still repairing the fault 24 hours later.
No member of the Royal Family was said to have been on the aircraft.
Tireless Princess Anne reportedly needed the helicopter to travel to Oban, a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area, to attend three engagements.
The newspaper said she was able to use another aircraft to get to her destination.
An insider told the Sun: “A safety-first approach was taken and it was flown back immediately for the technical fault to be fixed.
“There were no members of the Royal Family on the helicopter.
“Luckily, there was plenty of time to find alternative travel arrangements.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by Express.co.uk.
The Royal Family fully owns the Sikorsky S-76 and leases a second similar helicopter when in need of it.
The royals’ use of helicopters was detailed in the financial report ranging from April 2020 to March 2021.
In its travel appendix, a total of 47 helicopter journeys were counted, grouped together as they did not cost more than £15,000 individually.
The total cost…