Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan's plane aborts the landing moments before arriving in Sydney

adminOctober 26, 2018


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By Eun Kyung Kim

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex met with a scare in the air on Friday when their flight back to Australia was forced to abort their landing to avoid another plane on the runway.

A Qantas plane with Prince Harry and his wife, former Meghan Markle, was on its descent and about 200 feet from the Sydney runway when it unexpectedly began to return to the air, said NBC News correspondent Keir Simmons, who was traveling in the Plano with the press pool that covers the real couple.

"Everything was relaxed, people were tied, waiting to land in seconds, and then, suddenly, the plane simply stopped and then started to ascend very, very fast," he said TODAY.

The pilot of the plane, Nigel Rosser, then explained to the passengers what had just happened.

"There was an airplane that was too slow to roll and, unfortunately, it had not cleared the runway, we were too close, so the decision to abort the landing was made," said the pilot.

The plane finally landed safely a few minutes later, with Harry and Meghan coming out as if nothing had happened.

The fear of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attended the opening of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy at Tupou College, where they were later joined by the children's choir of the school.Wire image

"They were relaxed, they were smiling, they were laughing," Simmons said. "They did not seem to be shaken in any way."

The newlyweds returned to Australia after completing a visit to Tonga as part of their 16-day international tour. There, Harry and Megan met with the prime minister of the Polynesian island and another pair of royals, King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau.

They were also accompanied by the choir of Tupou College Boys, whose performances included a song to help the mosquitoes protect themselves from the duke and the duchess.

The song included many noises that seemed to amuse Meghan enough.

The fear of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Duchess Meghan clears a tear of laughter during a choir performance by Tupou College Boys. Wire image
The fear of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The choir performed a song that included flying actions and buzzing noises to help ward off the mosquitoes.Wire image

There has been a lot of talk about Meghan's visit to Tonga and, just a few days before, to Fiji, two Pacific islands where the Zika virus is present.

Zika, which is transmitted through certain mosquitoes, is especially dangerous for pregnant women because it can cause serious birth defects. Meghan is pregnant with her first child, a news item that was announced just after the couple arrived in Australia last week.

Back in Sydney, Harry and Meghan could see a game of the Invictus Games, the Paralympic style competition that the Prince helped create for wounded veterans, which opened last week. The couple heads to New Zealand on Sunday.


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