Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Passenger lands plane as pilot falls ill

Passenger lands plane after pilot falls ill

By Susannah Palk and Holly Yan, CNN

October 9, 2013 — Updated 0918 GMT (1718 HKT)


  • A pilot of a two-seater plane fell ill at the controls

  • A passenger who had no landing experience had to put down the plane

  • The pilot later died

(CNN) — The small Cessna plane glided over the eastern U.K. Wednesday evening with exactly two people on board: the pilot and a passenger.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until the pilot suddenly fell ill at the controls. He made an emergency call to Humberside Airport, but the next step was already clear: The passenger would have to land a plane for the first time. On the fly.

Two flight instructors were called to give the passenger an impromptu flying lesson, Humberside Airport spokesman Blair Jacobs said.

The passenger, whose name was not released, flew over the runway to familiarize himself with his landing target. Then he circled it again. And then one more time, just to be safe.

Finally, the plane touched the ground.

Although the landing was successful, the outcome for the pilot was not. Humberside police said he died Tuesday night. Neither his name nor his illness was released.

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