LATEST: Rap mogul SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS didn't let a mid-air crisis keep him off the ground when a plane he was flying to a fashion launch was hit by lightning - he set about hiring a helicopter.

The MONEYBAGS star's private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Palm Beach, Florida after lightning knocked out the plane's communications.

Diddy admits he was "a little nervous" as the jet started dropping from the sky, but insists, "at that point there was really nothing I could do."

Desperate to get to the launch of his new SEAN JOHN store in Miami, Florida on time, Diddy attempted to hire a helicopter to get him back in the air.

He says, "We made it on the ground and kept it moving. I was back on the plane an hour later. I was trying to really find a helicopter."

31/05/2005 21:13