The air ambulance pilot's latest mission took him to a road accident involving a 9-year-old victim

By Simon Perry
Updated October 02, 2015 10:45 AM
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Prince William was back in hero mode this week.

On Tuesday the air ambulance pilot assisted with the rescue of a 9-year-old girl who had been badly injured in a car crash, flying her in his helicopter to a trauma center.

William, 33, was among a team that also included a co-pilot, a doctor and a paramedic who were called to the scene when the girl – who was a pedestrian – was hurt following a crash between a blue Mercedes and a silver Ford KA on Old Road in Leighton Buzzard, about 45 miles north of London. Authorities are appealing for witnesses.

“She had life-threatening injuries, including a broken pelvis and suspected broken legs,” an ambulance spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

The girl, who was flown by William to a hospital in Cambridge, 50 miles north, remains in a serious condition, according to Bedfordshire police.

A second girl, who was also involved in the collision sustained only minor injuries, officials say.

William made the rescue between his appearances at rugby events last weekend and on Thursday, when he supported youth coaches.

The royal dad began his operational work with East Anglian Air Ambulance in March, taking time off for paternity leave when wife Kate gave birth to their daughter Princess Charlotte in May.

He has been actively involved from the start, and has even touched down at a prison for one dramatic mission.

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