A passenger lands a plane in a daring move after a dying pilot suddenly fell ill, and though fading visibility and a lack of experience stacked the odds against this brave passenger, he still managed to safely land the aircraft, Yahoo News reports this Wednesday, Oct. 9. The emergency landing at Humberside Airport was a rocky one, but nonetheless is thought to have saved the man’s life.
The passenger lands plane trending topic hit headlines earlier today after it was reported that late yesterday evening midflight, the pilot of a small aircraft sent a distress signal saying he felt desperately sick. The pilot later died overnight, though the exact cause for his death is not yet known.
The ill pilot’s passenger was then put into a frightening situation, having to make an emergency landing of his own in order to get them both to safety below. According to Humberside police and airport officials, this was no easy task, considering the daring passenger had little experience in an aircraft and fading visibility as night quickly approached made the landing even more difficult.
A pair of trained flight instructors were rushed in to talk and teach the passenger how to safely bring the aircraft to the ground after he had taken over control of the plane following the pilot’s sudden illness.
Fortunately, with their help, he made a successful landing just after 7:30 p.m. at the nearby North Lincolnshire airport.
The fading light and low visibility by one instructor was said to be the most dangerous problem of all.
"I was concerned because the visibility was getting dark and as the guy hadn't flown an aeroplane before he wasn’t sure of his switches in the aircraft, and everything was dark for him as well,” he said.
After three passes over the narrow runway, the passenger lands plane headline rang true: the man successfully grounded the plane on the fourth crossing.