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Passenger lands Florida plane after pilot falls ill – BBC News

Passenger lands Florida plane after pilot falls ill – BBC News


A mystery passenger landed a plane solo after his pilot passed out.

The unidentified man’s voice was heard in public flight recordings telling the airport tower that he had “no idea how to stop the airplane”.

An air traffic controller who teaches new pilots helped guide the man down to Palm Beach International Airport just after noon on Tuesday.

The two met on the tarmac for a hug, but reportedly did not exchange names.

“I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent,” the man was heard saying over the radio from around 9,000ft (2,750 meters) in the air. “He is out,” he added.

Asked for his position, he responded: “I have no idea.” He said only that he could see the Florida coast ahead of him.

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