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An air traffic controller successfully guided a passenger on a private plane to land safely at Palm Beach International Airport after the pilot was incoherent during the flight Tuesday.

The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. with a single-engine plane, according to the FAA.

Two people were on board at the time of the landing. One person was taken to a hospital, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Their conditions are unclear at this time.

"I've got a serious situation here," the passenger said to traffic control from the cockpit. "My pilot's gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane..."

When asked where the plane was, the passenger responded, "I have no idea. I can see the coast of Florida in front of me and I have no idea."


Video of the plane landing here:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/f...ivate-plane/39957179


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That is absolutely terrifying!

They don't say how long it took to get the passenger oriented and then guided into land, but wow. I cannot imagine.


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Now I know why I took flying lessons as a kid.
Those kids that go into the cockpit will be thankful when I save the plane someday.


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Good job!

A turbine powered Caravan is actually not too bad. It would have been a tad harder in a large piston plane.

They probably gave him the longest runway around, probably 14,000 feet or so. Might be the one under which marred-lago lies.

A Caravan is big for a single-engine plane, but it’s pretty docile and if you keep the speed about right it’s not too hard to land.

Or you can engage the Otto pi…

…oh, never mind.


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The air traffic controller who helped him fly and land the plane.

https://www.wpbf.com/article/a...t-emergency/39961555


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Or you can engage the Otto pi…

…oh, never mind.


Friends that moved to my small hometown in Missouri named their Schnauzer Otto. The locals wondered why they give a dog a name that was what a car is called.


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Interview with the guy who landed the plane.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/u...lane-pilot-rcna28882


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Harrison climbed over three rows of seats into the cockpit as the plane was in a nosedive and moved the unconscious pilot out of the way so Harrison could put on the headphone and alert air traffic control to the situation.


OMG! I didn't catch this detail in earlier reporting. That's just terrifying.


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The pilot who fell unconscious last week during a flight landed by a passenger with no idea how to fly a plane has made a recovery that his doctor is calling “a miracle.”

The ability of passenger Darren Harrison, 39, to successfully land a Cessna 208 that was in a nosedive over Florida not only saved all three people on board from crashing, but it also gave doctors a chance to save the pilot.

Harrison landed the plane at Palm Beach International Airport, where emergency personnel then rushed the pilot to St. Mary’s Medical Center before he was transferred to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

The pilot, whose name has not been released, is now out of the hospital and resting at home after he underwent surgery for an aortic dissection, according to the hospital. An aortic dissection is a life-threatening emergency in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery.

Dr. Nishant Patel, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center who treated the pilot, outlined how long the odds were that the man would survive the landing, the trips to the two hospitals and then the surgery.

“Fifty percent of patients won’t make it to the hospital, and then 50 percent of patients that do make it to the hospital will pass away within 24 hours without prompt diagnosis and treatment,” Patel said on "TODAY" Tuesday.


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/u...e-hospital-rcna29177


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