Passenger with no flying experience lands plane after pilot medical emergency

A passenger with no flying experience safely landed a private plane at a Florida airport with the help of an air traffic controller after the pilot became incapacitated. The condition of the pilot is unknown at this time. CNN's Pete Muntean reports. #CNN #News


  1. Any landing you walk away from is a good landing. When it’s a passenger with zero flying experience that lands the plane and walks away, that’s a miracle.

    1. @iLikeWaffles … not that hard? If he had even a slight crosswind gust without having the right aileron inputs this could have gone bad real fast.. amazing job for ATC and passenger both.

  2. Congratulations ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰ to the fantastic controller and the brave pilot ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โœˆ๏ธ

    1. They deserve awards for that bravery. Its amazing that guy could land that plane. He could have a few flying schools want to see he wants to learn how to fly,just a bit better than he already can. Great result๐Ÿ›ฉ

  3. Outstanding teamwork on getting everyone back safely. To the passenger who landed great work ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.

    1. @southpole my entire family is Welsh and English~american. out of about 50 of us, extended, there are maybe two sets of blue eyes and four blondes. Care to comment?

    2. @R L ๐Ÿคฃwas thinking the same thing…I play a game called WarThunder..
      I have landed thousands of times on the game- I would think I could land it in real life and then crash doing it in real life- That guy was amazing.
      Curious on how the actual piolet is doing- I would also liked to have heard from the guy that landed the plane..๐Ÿ˜ 

  4. This makes me teary and makes me believe in the beauty of humanity for some reason. Something out of a movie that actually ends beautifully. Props to ALL of these guys. Just awesome. โ™ฅ๏ธ This guy needs to go get his flying license! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

    1. I’m reading this and trying to imagine myself in that situation and wondering if I could keep it together enough to do what that passenger did. I feel I’d have to or die but I can’t imagine keeping it together enough to do what he did. amazing story. and yeah, I’m crying too

    2. Thanks God for this Special person that calmly followed the directions of another Special instructor and safely landed the plane successfully …..”only in the movies”…BLESSINGS TO BOTH!

  5. Oh my word! That is literally miraculous. Amazing work by both men but without the air traffic controller, people would have died.

  6. Incredible!!! Way to go Instructor! Your a bonifide hero!
    Kudos to the new student pilot. Way to hold it together man. โค๏ธ

    1. A passenger who landed the plane could have enough education to adapt to the feel of the physics of the plane’s movement, after turning and moving the steering stick a bit to go with the instructions he should be able to grasp how the basic roll, yaw, and tilt feels like.

      I’m also guessing he figured out how to control the power and the brakes in order to reduce speed and slow down while on the runway, otherwise the plane will keep going until it crashes into something.

      The instructor having a picture of the cockpit helps too since he could tell the passenger where the lever for the engine power is, and where the brakes are.

      Probably helps a bit if the passenger played any flight games of any level since they always have a basic level of physics for the flight model.

    2. Flying a plane is actually not hard, the hard part is knowing each damn button and knowing what it does also when or where to use it

    3. My proposal: both equally. This was teamwork. Weather the passenger nor the ATC guy would have been able to solve the situation alone.

    4. @Xon Deez bs. Sorry to say. You can mess up easily on landing with a bunch of mistakes possible. You can miss the runway, stall the wing by elevator input, … To just take over a level flying plane ix no big deal as long as the pic is alive and able. You can kill you with flap deploy, angle of attack, wrong power input, bad rudder input, loss of orientation, …

  7. Finally….a feel-good story. Kudos to that ATC-instructor & all involved. Hope pilot is okay.

    1. @VA Mountain Man You get a pass because you spelled ‘definitely’ the right way ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

    1. This would have been me: ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคก๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ’ข๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ‘‡

    2. He sounds like he had military experience. He communicated very clearly under pressure-Iโ€™ll bet that, at least, he has done before.
      Amazing. He saved at least two peopleโ€™s lives, very possibly more.

  8. Wow! What an incredible experience. Thank heavens everything turned out okay. Hope the pilot was alright. ๐Ÿ›ฉ

  9. Great story about good people
    Iโ€™m so glad they made it safe
    Itโ€™s nothing less than a miracle that they were able to get the plane landed
    What a great job from the man who helped him do it

  10. First ability of a hero? Staying calm!! Both of these guys are heroes. Praying for the pilot and their family.

    1. I picked up on that as well. A no bounce greaser. We all know how hard that can be to achieve.

  11. Outstanding that the passenger managed to keep so calm, given the circumstances. Thank goodness he was able to keep a clear head and listen to the instructions โ™ฅ๏ธ Such a great story. I really hope the pilot is doing better ๐Ÿ™ that will be the perfect end to this crazy story.

    1. The 10-4 would indicate they’re current or retired emergency services, great job for no flying experience

  12. This man has the most important quality every pilot should have: self control. He stayed calm, used his his common sense and listened to the controller’s advice instead of panicking and letting it go. Kudos, wonderful job!

    1. don’t think they mentioned the pilot’s profession but my first thought is that he acquired those nerves of steel in the US military

    2. Exactly Gilles. A display of self control. And the landing was a pretty good one.

    3. @I Love Aviation – Burger Club – always open. I just retired from a 45 year pilot career, of which 12 as an instructor and I rarely seen a student doing the landing at the first lesson. I’ve offered some of them to try but had to take over before or during the flare out most of the time. I can recall a guy or two who lsnded by themselves, just relying on my talking but they were quite talented and exceptional people.

    4. @Gilles Graton that’s amazing. I suppose when your life depends on it, anything is possible.

  13. These two are absolute legends and saved not just two lives but possibly more if the plane had crashed into a populated area. I hope the FAA recognise the ATC/instructor guy with whatever awards can

  14. How can that passenger be so calm when he’s talking? If that’s me, I’ll be hyperventilating, screaming, crying rn. Good job for all parties involved especially the passenger ๐Ÿ‘

    1. I would be praying to St. Michael the Archangel! He has wings and he knows how to use them too! There is a huge statue of St. Michael the Archangel overlooking a city in Ukraine! He seems to be helping the Ukrainian people deal with the Russians! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  15. Now this is someone who understood the assignment. I would have lead the whole plane attendants in the sinners prayer๐Ÿ˜ณ GREAT JOB MR MORGAN AND TO THE STUDENT VOLUNTEER!!

  16. Poor guy, incredible that he was able to land the plane with no previous experience. What a traumatic thing to go through, but he stayed calm and handled it like a pro and kudos to the flight instructor who obviously gave really good instructions and saved the pilot the passenger and the planes life. Yay!

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