Prince William lands helicopter in girlfriend's yard

Helicopter only touched ground for 20 seconds
April 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
British officials are confirming that Prince William landed an air force helicopter in his girlfriend Kate Middleton's parent's backyard during a training flight. A statement from Britain's Defence Ministry says the landing on the Middleton family farm was planned and authorized as part of the prince's Royal Air Force pilot training.

However, the British media is calling the exercise wasteful at a time when the military is stretched by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The statement says the helicopter was on the ground for 20 seconds, and that no one got on or off.

News of the landing on the Middletons' farm comes as the air force faces criticism for allowing William to fly a Chinook helicopter from London to the Isle of Wight to attend a bachelor party for his cousin.