Passenger lands at Humberside Airport when pilot taken ill

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By cabincrew.com on Wednesday 9th Oct, 2013 at 12:58

There were dramatic scenes at Humberside Airport this week as a passenger landed a small aeroplane after the pilot fell ill at the controls.

According to the BBC, police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the airport after the pilot collapsed and a distress call was made from the light aircraft.

Two flying instructors were called in to advise the passenger how to bring the plane down. The successfully talked him through the landing process.

One of them, Roy Murray, said the passenger had no flying experience and did a "remarkable job".

The passenger and pilot were the only people on board the aircraft, which took off from Sandtoft Airfield 25 miles (40km) away.

Mr Murray, who works at a flying school based at the airport, told the BBC: "He made quite a good landing, actually. He didn't know the layout of the aeroplane, he didn't have lights on so he was absolutely flying blind as well. I think he'd flown once before as a passenger but never flown an aeroplane before."

There were cheers in the airport control room when the plane safely touched down. Details of the pilot’s condition have not yet been released.

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