How a jet flown by King Charles overran a runway | Airlines

On this day 30 years ago, a British Aerospace 146-100 four-engine jet operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) suffered a mishap when landing on the Scottish Island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides archipelago.  

What made this accident particularly newsworthy was not the aircraft type, nor the location in which it happened, but the pilot flying the aircraft that day – none other than King Charles III (then Prince Charles – The Duke of Wales), the current monarch of the United Kingdom.  

AeroTime takes a closer look at the accident itself, the repercussions arising from it, and where the aircraft involved ended up following its royal mishap in 1994. 

Background to the accident 

It was June 29, 1994, at around 11:50 on the Scottish island of Islay, located around 150 miles west of Glasgow in the collection of islands known as the Inner Hebrides. Islay Airport (ILY) has a primary tarmac runway 13/31 with a total length of 1,545m (5,069ft) – relatively short compared to the major Scottish airports of Aberdeen (ABZ), Glasgow (GLA), Edinburgh (EDI), and Inverness (INV), yet still capable of handling both propellor and jet aircraft. 

Charles was traveling to the island for several local engagements on one of the two British Aerospace 146-100s (referred to by the RAF as a ‘146…

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