'No idea how to fly the airplane': Passenger forced to land plane after pilot becomes sick




  • In Business
  • 2022-05-11 11:36:35Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

A passenger on a private plane was forced to land the aircraft without any flying experience after the pilot suffered a medical emergency.

The passenger safely landed at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida on May 10 with the help of air traffic control, CNN reported.

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

Air traffic control advised the passenger to follow the Florida coast north or south until they were able to locate the plane.

"Have you guys located me yet?" the passenger asked, according to WPBF. "I can't even get my nav screen to turn on. It has all the information on it. You guys have any ideas on that?"'

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Air traffic control eventually located the Cessna Caravan near Boca Raton and helped the passenger land safely at the Palm Beach airport, WPBF reported.

"You just witnessed a couple passengers land that plane," an air traffic controller said over the radio, according to WPBF.

"Did you say the passengers landed the plane?" A voice responded. "Oh, my gosh. Great job."

The Federal Aviation Administration told USA TODAY via email a single-engine Cessna 208 landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport around 12:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday. The pilot suffered a possible medical issue and the FAA is investigating.

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Passenger with no flying experience lands airplane in Palm Beach

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