11/15/2012 03:21 pm ET

Celebrity Near-Death Experiences: Stars Who Almost Died (PHOTOS)

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Paul McCartney and his wife had a close call during a helicopter ride.

The 70-year-old former Beatle and his wife, Nancy Shavell, reportedly cheated death when they narrowly avoided distaster when the pilot flying their helicopter became disoriented during a flight on May 3.

The Daily Mail reported that the couple were returning to their home in East Sussex, England, when their chartered Sikorsky S-76C suddenly began plummeting toward trees as the pilot tried to land on the singer's helipad. According to the U.K. paper, the helicopter was just two feet away from a fatal crash when the pilot was suddenly able to pull the nine-seater aircraft away from the tree tops and later touched down safely at a nearby airport.

The near-accident is currently under investigation by the U.K.'s Department of Transport, and has been categorized as a "serious incident" by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

McCartney is not alone in his brush with mortality, as there are several other stars who've had near death experiences:

Celebrities Who Almost Died