Passenger without Flying Experience Lands Plane after Pilot Becomes Incapacitated

Passenger without Flying Experience Lands Plane after Pilot Becomes Incapacitated

  • A private plane was approaching the Palm Beach International Airport in Florida when he had a medical emergency and could not land the plane
  • The passenger informed air traffic control about the situation and they assisted him in landing the plane
  • A pilot waiting to take off from the airport could not believe it when he was told a passenger had landed the plane

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A passenger who stepped up to the mantle to land a plane after the pilot became incapacitated has earned praise on social media.

Passenger lands plane in Florida.
A passenger with no flying experience landed a plane in Florida. Photo: EThamphoto.
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Pilot unable to land plane

CNN reports that the passenger, who had no flying experience, landed a private plane in Florida on Tuesday, May 10.

The passenger was heard telling air traffic control that he did not know how to fly a plane during the incident.

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"I've got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent, and I have no idea how to fly the aeroplane," the unidentified passenger said.

An air traffic controller then started providing the passenger with instructions on how to land the plane, and it touched down safely at the Palm Beach International Airport.

"Try to hold the wings level and see if you can start descending for me. Then, push forward on the controls and descend at a very slow rate.
Try to follow the coast either north or southbound. We're trying to locate you,” the air traffic controllers told the man.

Pilot lauds passenger

After the plane touched down safely, the tower operator informed another pilot waiting to take off about the passenger’s heroics, and he responded by saying:

"Did you say the passengers landed the aeroplane? Oh, my God. Great job.”

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The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement indicating two people were in the plane when the pilot presumably had a medical issue.

Plane forced to turn back over unqualified pilot

In other news, reported that a plane heading to New York from London was forced to take a U-turn after it emerged that one of the pilots had not done his final test.

The Virgin Atlantic plane was already 40 minutes into the flight before the directive was issued.

The airline said it cared about the passengers' safety which was why they recalled the plane to get a pilot replacement.


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