Passenger without flights experience landed safely private airplane on Tuesday at a Florida airport after the pilot passed a medical on the issue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The single-engine Cessna 208 landed around 12:30 p.m. at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the FAA. The plane took off from Marsh Harbor. in Bahamas hour and hour half previously, according to Flight Aware, the flight tracking system website.
Only three people we on board, a pilot and two passengers, the FAA said. Their names have not been released.
The sound of air traffic control recorded a few minutes before landing, when one of Passengers were forced to take over During the flight.
“I have a serious situation here,” the passenger told the tower controller. in Fort Pierce, Florida, according to archival audio recordings. on LiveATC.net. “My pilot lost contact and I have no idea how fly on a plane”.
Passenger also said he didn’t know where was the plane.
“I see the shore of Florida in front of me and I have no idea,” said the passenger, who was also struggling turn on navigation system.
During an almost 10 minute exchange air the traffic controller led the passenger, then about 20 miles to the east of Boca Raton telling him to keep his wings straight follow coastline and try to go down slowly. Air traffic control at Palm Beach International Airport, then took over.
Robert Morgan, air- traffic controller who said he helped the passenger successfully to land the plane in Palm Beach described experience in interview with local news WPPB station.
“I knew the plane was flying like any other aircraft just knew that I should calm him down, point him to the runway and tell him how to reduce in power so he can come down to earth,” Mr. Morgan said.
Mr Morgan, an experienced air traffic controller and flight instructor, told WPBF that he had never flown a Cessna 208 before. Instead, he relied on cockpit images found online.
“Before I knew it, he said, ‘I on Earth, how I need to flip this thing off?,” Mr Morgan told the WPBF. He hugged the passenger after him arrival on asphalt.
Become private pilot with single engine class rating requires at least 40 hours of flight time, including at least 10 hours of solo flights and multiple takeoffs and landings in accordance with federal aviation laws.
Owner of Cessna 208 aircraft is a corporation limited by shares, registered in Delaware, according to the records of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating. Corporation could not be contacted for comment.
After the crash landing one patient was transferred to area This was reported to CBS by the Palm Beach County Fire and Rescue Service.
Kitty Bennett contributed research.