Skip to comments.Passenger with ‘no idea how to fly’ lands plane after pilot emergency
Posted on 05/11/2022 1:22:43 PM PDT by PROCON
Just after noon on Tuesday, a passenger flying in a single-engine plane about 20 miles east of Boca Raton, Fla., radioed air-traffic control.
“I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent,” the man said, adding from about 9,000 feet up that he had “no idea how to fly the airplane.”
The passenger, who did not identify himself in the exchange archived on LiveATC.net, told the control tower that he was not sure where he was — only that he could “see the coast of Florida in front of me.”
From a tower in Fort Pierce, about 75 miles north of Boca Raton, the air traffic controller asked the passenger to reiterate his situation. The passenger repeated that the pilot was incoherent: “He is out.”
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Here's a link to videos showing the Cessna safely landing.
He was sure calm speaking. I don’t believe it.
Morgan is the air traffic controller, not the passenger.
My bad. Speed reading.
A 45 year old engineer...structural/mechanical and computers.
Able to scan the cockpit dials
Wait till we find out that he works for Tesla....Wouldn't that be a kick...and one of the few reasons why we don't know anything about him.
Believe it. The exact same thing happened to my Dad back in the 50’s. When the passengers figgered out what happened they passed a hat for a collection. He said he picked up about 20 bucks from the hat.
He says...my pilot...so owner of the Cessna?? or on a business trip and knows the pilot personally from many trips.
Morgan was the air traffic controller/flight instructor who talked the guy down, not the passenger.
“I picked a bad week to stop drinking.”
there was this 15 year old kid who liked to steal airplanes and managed to land at least some of them without being talked down.
The passenger who landed to plane is a hero. But he needs to learn what ‘incoherent’ means.
I’m assuming that he landed all safely except the last one?
no, actually I think he got better with practice.
Great story. ATC was super, passenger was cool under pressure.
ATC: “Sir, we recognize you have a situation. But first, let me ask you....have you been vaccinated?”
Psgr: “Yes, I have.”
ATC: “OK, sir. I believe your pilot was and passed out as a result of his vaccine. So, here’s what you need to do.”
ATC: “Slide your seat back as far as it will go.”
Psgr: “OK...I’m there.”
ATC: “Now, sir, bend your head forward, down between your legs.”
Psgr: “Huh, do what? OK, if you say so.”
ATC: “Now sir...this is critical. You need to pucker up and kiss your vaccinated butt goodbye, cause you’re gonna die.
Or sniffing glue. :>)
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