Elton John’s plane makes emergency landing after hydraulic failure at 10,000ft

Sir Elton John is safe after his private plane was forced to make an emergency landing following a hydraulic failure at 10,000ft.

The Rocketman had hoped to fly from Britain to New York on Tuesday, but it wasn’t long before touchdown brought it back to the UK. An hour into the flight, the aircraft’s hydraulics failed, crippling the functionality of some of its brakes, flaps and landing gear equipment.

The pilot quickly diverted to Farnborough Airport on the south coast of Ireland. Witnesses told The sun that the plane struggled with 80 mph winds, coming twice for a landing only to come back up. “The plane was rocked and couldn’t make it,” one person said. “The nose of the plane was far too vertical. The aircraft was descending and was halfway down the runway when it gave up on touching the tarmac. He flew into the air.

On the third attempt, the plane finally landed on the runway. “It was a white-knuckled round and Elton was rocked,” a source said. But he had a show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, so he quickly took another plane to New York. “He put aside any personal angst to get back on a plane. For Elton, literally, the show must go on.

The 74-year-old icon is currently touring the world on what he said will be his final tour, ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour’. Last month, he had to postpone a small number of shows after testing positive for COVID-19. Tickets are available here.