Cracked ice runway strands Prince Harry in Arctic

April 8th, 2011 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 8 (ANI): Prince Harry has been left trapped in the Arctic while on an expedition with four disabled servicemen due to cracks formed in an ice runway.

The Prince is likely to be stranded for another 48 hours after all flights out of Borneo Ice Airfield - about 200 miles from the North Pole - have been cancelled while the runway is rebuilt, reports the BBC.

He was due to fly home on Thursday.

The team, walking to the North Pole, is aiming to raise 2 million pounds for charity.

The four servicemen, who were all injured in combat in Afghanistan, hope to enter the record books as the first disabled team to walk unassisted to the North Pole and raise money for Walking With The Wounded, which helps injured troops.

Clarence House said the prince would spend another day trekking with the team before returning to the airfield on Thursday night to await the first available flight.

“We guide that the delay will be less than 48 hours as it stands, but given the unpredictable nature of conditions in the Arctic, the situation may change,” it said.

Expedition spokesman Alex Rayner said airfield crews were working round the clock to rebuild the runway.

“It is a feat of engineering to build a runway on what is effectively a floating piece of ice on the Arctic Ocean,” he said.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to have Prince Harry back on dry land within the next 48 hours,” the spokesman added. (ANI)

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