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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Passenger with no flying experience lands plane after pilot falls ill(Photo)

A brave aeroplane passenger with no flying experience was forced to take over the
controls and make an emergency landing last night after the pilot fell ill &
eventually died.
The hero passenger was helped by two instructors who guided him fly the Cessna
into Humberside Airport, in north Lincolnshire, from the ground.
Some witnesses described the plane bumping on the runway and sparks coming off
the front of it.
Roy Murray, one of the flight instructors who helped the passenger land the plane,
told the BBC the passenger had no flying experience and did a 'remarkable job'.
He did a beautiful landing,' 'I wouldn't be frightened to fly with him.I feel
satisfied but sad. It could have been a lot worse.'We started in the radar room
to guide him to the airport. It took him four or five attempts to land the plane,
as we had to use different runways because of the failing light.'
Stuart Sykes saw the aircraft, which took off at Sandtoft Airfield, near Doncaster,
West Yorkshire, land on its third attempt shortly before 8pm.
He said:
'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.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.
Former RAF Sergeant, Graham Hendricks, 57, who is a frequent flyer from
Humberside Airport, described the landing as 'miraculous.'
'For a chap who hasn't flown a plane before to put it down in those
circumstances is a miracle.
'It was dark and the passenger must have known his pilot was very seriously
ill which would have put him under even more pressure.
'Humberside is the not the easiest airport to land at for a novice which makes
it even more incredible.'
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