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Passenger lands plane after pilot falls unconscious in Florida

After the pilot collapsed, the unnamed man entered the cockpit and communicated the emergency situation to the air traffic control in Fort Pierce.

Most of us have come across the internet meme from the movie Dhamaal where Vijay Raj playing the role of an air traffic controller tries to instruct two passengers into landing a plane after the pilot becomes unconscious mid-air.

What ensues is a comedy of errors where the passengers played by Asrani and Asish Chaudhury try to follow Vijay Raj’s convoluted suggestions to land it safely. The hilarity of the plot aside this fear of something going wrong with the pilot mid-air has definitely entered the minds of those traveling in a plane.

What can be termed the worst fears of a passenger on a flight came to be in the skies of USA. A passenger with no flying experience radioed an urgent plea for help with the pilot of a small plane that suddenly fell ill off Florida’s Atlantic coast.

However, the passenger was able to land the plane safely with the help of air traffic controllers.

The pilot of a Cessna light aircraft fell unconscious mid-air and a passenger had to take control of the plane.

The passenger not only took control but also managed to land the plane safely at the airport with the help of an air traffic controller.

After the pilot collapsed, the unnamed man entered the cockpit and communicated the emergency situation to the air traffic control in Fort Pierce.

The plane had taken off from Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbor, the Bahamas, and was headed to Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

Following the successful landing, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said they were investigating the incident.

First Published: 12th May, 2022 16:34 IST

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