— Pete Muntean (@petemuntean) May 11, 2022
Talk about coming up clutch. One passenger on a private plane Tuesday jumped into action and was able to safely land a plane at Palm Beach International Airport after the pilot lost consciousness because of a medical emergency while the plane was over the ocean.
The passenger had no flying experience.
WPBF-TV in Palm Beach obtained video of the miracle landing and audio from the passenger and air traffic control. Somehow, the passenger kept his cool while the air traffic control guided him through the landing.
“I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane,” the passenger said. “I can see the coast of Florida in front of me. And I have no idea… Have you guys located me yet? I can’t even get my nav screen to turn on. It has all the information on it. You guys have any ideas on that?”
The plane was eventually located on the radar and air traffic control safely guided the passenger to the airport and talked them through the landing. The air traffic controller who talked the passenger through the landing was Robert Morgan, who is also a flight instructor.
“I have no idea how to fly the airplane.” Pilot of small plane passes out while flying off the coast of Florida. Passenger, who had never piloted a plane before, successfully lands it after air traffic controller Robert Morgan talks him through the procedure. pic.twitter.com/vDxWSgsPvz
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) May 11, 2022
The name of the passenger and pilot were not released, and there has been no update on the pilot’s condition.
However, experienced pilots and aviation experts are in awe of the fact that someone with no flying experience was able to stay calm under pressure, follow directions, and safely land the aircraft. Talk about becoming an instant legend.