Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex suffered a brief mid-air scare on Friday, October 26, when their plane’s pilot had to abort a planned landing in Sydney, Australia.
The royal couple was onboard a Qantas jet, returning to Sydney from a tour of Tonga, when the pilot was alerted that there was another plane which had yet to take off, blocking his landing path.
He was forced to abandon his descent as a result, and instead diverted the jet to loop around Sydney Airport once more as they waited for the green light to land.
“There was an aircraft on the runway a little slow to roll so the decision was taken to abort the landing,” airline officials announced to passengers onboard. “It was what we call a missed approach.”
The plane eventually touched down safely at the airport.
Harry and Meghan had kicked off their 16-day royal tour in Australia earlier this month, and returned to Sydney to attend the closing ceremony for the prince’s Invictus Games event.