The driver fails
Passenger lands on plane from Florida
05/11/2022 11:02 p.m.
During a flight in Florida, the pilot is suddenly no longer able to fly the machine. A passenger must therefore intervene. Although he has “no idea” how to fly the plane.
According to media reports, a passenger landed a single-engine plane at Palm Beach airport in the US state of Florida after its pilot failed with the help of an air traffic controller. Broadcaster CNN reported, citing radio traffic, that the passenger had alerted the tower the day before and said, “I have no idea how to fly the plane.”
Air traffic controller Robert Morgan – who is also a flight instructor – told CNN the passenger on the plane from the Bahamas was very calm. He told the man to coast, then guided him to a safe landing at Palm Beach. “Try to keep the wings straight,” the controller said. “Press forward controls and descend very slowly,” were the instructions, as reported by The Washington Post.
“I felt like I was about to cry”
Despite instructions from the air traffic controller, the landing was not easy. “I don’t know how to stop the plane. I don’t know what to do,” the passenger said. In the end, however, everything went according to plan and everyone involved arrived safely on American soil.
“I felt like I was about to cry because I had so much adrenaline,” Morgan said. “I was really happy it went well and no one was hurt.” The “Washington Post” reported, citing the US aviation authority FAA, that the pilot may have had medical issues.
Two people were on board the Cessna 208 craft registered in the US state of Connecticut. Local broadcaster WPBF – which also showed video of the landing – reported that Morgan had 20 years’ experience as a controller and around 1,200 flying hours as a flight instructor.