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Incredible: Passenger With No Flying Experience Lands A Plane In Florida After Pilot Passed Out
A passenger with no flying experience took command of a single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan and landed the aircraft safely after the pilot passed out. The incident took place this Tuesday (10), in Florida. The flight was traveling from the Bahamas to Florida.
According to wpbf.com, the passenger named Roger realized that something was wrong with the pilot and went to the flight deck of the plane when he noticed that the pilot was feeling sick and contacted the air traffic controller Robert Morgan, at Fort Pierce. The entire communication was recorded by LiveATC.
“I’ve got a serious situation here,” the passenger said to traffic control from the cockpit. “My pilot’s gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane…”
When asked by the air controller about his position the passenger replied: “I have no idea. I can see the coast of Florida in front of me and I have no idea.” Then the controller began to help the occupant of the plane and instructed him to “try to keep the wings level” and begin the descent procedure.
The passenger reported that the plane was descending at a rate of “550 feet per minute” and the controller instructed, ‘Maintain wings level and just try to follow the coast, either north or southbound,’ the controller said. ‘We’re trying to locate you.’
The passenger reported that the plane was descending at “550 feet per minute”. A short time later, air traffic control found the aircraft on the radar as it was 20 miles east of Boca Raton, South Florida.
The air traffic controller then explained to the passenger the basic procedures for landing and guided the plane to Palm Beach International Airport, where it miraculously landed safely.
According to media reports, traffic controllers in Palm Beach commented that the passenger with no flying experience “did a great job” even without “any flight experience”. The pilot’s health condition was not disclosed.