Flight controllers in the United States were able to direct a passenger to land a private plane safely at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida on Tuesday.
According to wpbf.com, which cited the FAA, the incident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. and involved a single-engine aircraft thought to be a Cessna Caravan.
The Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said, there were just two people on board at the time of the landing, and one pilot was taken to a hospital.
The passenger said to air traffic control from the cockpit, “I’m in a precarious position.” “The pilot’s gone incoherent. ” how to fly the airplane…”
When the passenger was asked where the plane was, he said, “II have no idea. I can see the coast of Florida in front of me and I have no idea.”
The Cessna Caravan was on a flight from Marsh Harbor, Bahamas, to Fort Pierce, Florida.
🛬 "I've got a serious situation here," the passenger said from the cockpit. "My pilot's gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane…" Watch the landing at PBIA after the traffic controller then guided the passenger to a safety. https://t.co/gLxS88axix pic.twitter.com/Y2UA6QQC4e— WPBF 25 News (@WPBF25News) May 10, 2022
The pilot seemed to have become unwell about an hour into the trip, and the passenger took over with the assistance of air traffic control, resulting in the plane being redirected to West Palm Beach.
According to wpbf.com, “the air traffic controller continued to explain to the passenger how to push forward on the controls, descend to 5,000 feet, and level out while air traffic control attempted to locate the plane.”
“We’re gonna make an attempt to find you here on the radar,” the air traffic controller said.
The controller finds the plane and then walks the passenger through the process of making an almost perfect landing below.