Wills 'Cooked' Engine of $1.5M Plane
Royal made rookie error during training, retired officer recalls
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2009 2:03 PM CDT
Prince William is seen at the controls of a Tucano training aircraft over the Lake District, during a flight from RAF Linton-On-Ouse on Feb 18 2008.   (AP Photo/ Cpl Scott Robertson, MOD HO)
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(Newser) – Sometimes a royal can screw up royally: Britain’s Prince William made an error that “overcooked” a plane’s engine during his Royal Air Force training, grounding the aircraft for days, the Daily Mail reports. “He flicked the wrong switch on shutdown and overcooked the turbo,” says a retired RAF officer. While conceding that "better pilots than him have done it," the officer adds that 26-year-old Wills earned his wings after the standard 12-week training period.