Passenger plane lands at Florida airport after pilot is incapacitated


Despite no flying experience, a passenger on a private plane managed to land the aircraft at a Florida airport after the pilot was incapacitated on board.

The dramatic happened on Tuesday when it was caught in audio telling air traffic control that a passenger “don’t know” how to fly the plane.

“There’s something serious here,” the unidentified passenger told LiveATC.net audio. CNN. “My pilot was inconsistent and didn’t know how to fly the plane.”

“Okay. What is your position?” Air Traffic Control responded.

“Keep your wings level and see if you can start the descent for me. Push the controls forward and descend at a very slow speed,” added the air traffic controller. “Follow the shore, north or south. We I am trying to find you.”

The plane, with its pilot and two people on board, was flying at an altitude of 91,000 feet near southern Florida and was guided by an air controller in Fort Pierce to land at Palm Beach International Airport along the coastline.

Four minutes after the passenger contacted air traffic control, the private plane was spotted on radar.

The pilot, who became a passenger, asked the air traffic controller how to turn on the plane’s navigation screen while the air traffic controller was locating the plane, which, according to WPBF-TV, was the Cessna Caravan.

“You still haven’t found me?” he asked. “I can’t even turn on the navigation screen. Here is all the information about it. Any ideas on that?”

The plane eventually flew to Palm Beach International Airport and landed without problems. It surprised both other aircraft and those on the ground.

“You just saw a few passengers landing on the plane.

“Did the passengers say they landed on the plane?” the pilot asked. “Oh my God. Well done.”

Video, obtained by WPBF and CNN, showed emergency services arriving to assist pilots with the landing of the plane. Details of the occupants were not disclosed.

Aviation expert John Nance told the Florida News Station on Tuesday that “this is the first time I’ve heard that someone with no aviation experience has landed on one of these.”

“The person on the plane with no aviation experience listened very carefully and followed the instructions very calmly,” he said. “That made the difference.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement that the pilot had “medical problems.” The agency is investigating the case.

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