Passenger Lands Plane After Pilot Suffers Medical Emergency


A passenger with no flying experience was able to land a small plane after the pilot suffered a medical emergency during the flight.

The mid-flight emergency occurred when the single-engine plane was flying over the West Palm Beach area. Everything was running smoothly with the flight until a male passenger made a call to air traffic control at Fort Pierce Tower claiming that the pilot was unable to continue the flight.

“I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane,” the passenger, Darren Harrison said.

When asked what his position was, Harrison responded: “I have no idea. I see the coast of Florida in front of me and I have no idea.”

The controller at the time, Robert Morgan, was able to provide instructions to Harrison, telling him to “hold the wings level” and “push forward on the controls and descend at a very slow rate.”

The Cessna 208 plane with its two passengers landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport.

Officials from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that the pilot was taken to the hospital, but their condition and identity were not released. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently investigating the incident.


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