A passenger with no flying experience safely landed a light aircraft at an airport in Florida after his pilot fell unconscious, in what has been described as “nothing short of a miracle.”
Remarkable audio from the cockpit showed the man telling air traffic control: “I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent and I have no idea how to fly the airplane.”
The man, who has not been identified, was a passenger on a Cessna 208 Caravan and was flying home to Florida from the Bahamas to see his pregnant wife. However, just off the coastline, about 70 miles north of their destination, the pilot suffered what is thought to be a medical emergency.
Facing a potential catastrophe, the passenger made contact with air traffic control, who asked for his position. “I have no idea,” he said. “I can see the coast of Florida in front of me.”
“Try to hold the wings level and see if you can start descending for me, the air traffic controller has heard telling the man. “Push forward on the controls and descend at a very slow rate.
“Try to follow the coast either north or southbound. We’re trying to locate you.”
This clip has the air traffic audio exchange