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+ - Passenger Lands Plane After Pilot Collapses and Dies at the Controls

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "NBC reports that flying instructors at Humberside Airport, near the city of Hull in northeast England, told a passenger who had never flown before how to land a four-seater Cessna 172 after the pilot collapsed and died at the controls. "It's a fantastic feeling, knowing I have achieved something and probably saved somebody's life," said flight instructor Rory Murray. "I think without any sort of talk down he would have just gone into the ground and that would have been the end of it." Passenger John Wildey explained to air traffic controllers that he had no flying experience and that the pilot could not control the plane. "It came down with a bump, a bump, a bump, hit the front end down, I heard some crashing and it's come to a halt," said Stuart Sykes. "There were a few sparks and three or four crashes, that must have been the propeller hitting the floor. Then it uprighted again and it came to a stop." Roads around the airport were closed while two incoming flights to the airport, from Scotland and the Netherlands, were delayed as a result of the incident. The passenger took four passes of the runway, and there were cheers from the control tower when it finally came to a halt on the ground. "For somebody who is not a pilot but has been around airfields and been a passenger on several occasions to take control is nothing short of phenomenal," said Richard Tomlinson. "He made quite a good landing, actually," added Murray. “He didn't know the layout of the airplane. He didn't have lights on so he was absolutely flying blind as well.”"
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Passenger Lands Plane After Pilot Collapses and Dies at the Controls

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