“He’s Out”: A passenger lands on a plane at Florida Airport after the pilot becomes incapacitated

A passenger on a private plane landed safely at Palm Beach Airport on Tuesday after the pilot became incapable.

The unidentified passenger radioed for help, telling an air traffic controller what was happening.

“I have a serious situation here regarding my driver. It is inconsistent. Uh… I have no idea how to fly the plane, ”the passenger said. He later added: “It’s inconsistent. Hey he’s out. “

Air traffic controller Robert Morgan guided the passenger who found himself behind the yoke as the turboprop plane traveled just off the coast of Florida. according to the audio broadcast from LiveATC.net.

The passenger did not know where the plane was headed and could only relay the altitude to Morgan, the traffic controller.

“I have the coast in front of me,” said the passenger.

In a calm voice, the air traffic controller at Florida’s Treasure Coast International Airport instructed the passenger on how to use his transponder so that the plane could be located by radar. He told the passenger to descend to 5,000 feet, according to the audio transmission.

“Keep the wings level and try to follow the coast, north or south,” Morgan said. “We’re trying to locate you.”

The flight controller continued to provide guidance on how to operate the Cessna Caravan, but sometimes the passenger could not locate the instruments. However, Morgan silently let the passenger know when the plane was located by radar, about 20 miles east of Boca Raton.

“Continue north on the beach and we will try to give you further instructions,” Morgan said.

Eventually, the pilot was connected to the control tower at Palm Beach International Airport. It is unclear how long the flight lasted or how many other air traffic controllers spoke to the makeshift pilot before the plane landed and the emergency crews responded to the runway. According to the audio, air traffic controllers at Palm Beach Airport have ordered other pilots to keep the runway clear during the Cessna’s landing.

“It will take a couple of minutes. You just witnessed a couple of passengers landing on that plane, “the flight controller in Palm Beach told a pilot aboard another plane.” Dude, they did a great job. “

The pilot asked: “Did you say that the passengers landed the plane?”

“Exactly,” said the air traffic controller.

“Oh my God, it was a great job,” replied the pilot.

“No experience,” said the air traffic controller. “We have a controller that has reduced them. I think he’s a flight instructor. ”

“Epic,” the pilot chirped over the radio.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Cessna 208 landed safely around 12:30 “following a possible medical problem of the pilot.” The FAA will investigate the incident, according to a spokesperson.

CNN reports that Morgan, the air traffic controller, was on break when he received his first call from the Cessna. Although Morgan is a flight instructor, he said he had no experience flying the particular model he was flying the passenger on.

“I felt like I was going to cry then, because I had so much adrenaline built up,” Morgan told CNN. “I was really happy that it worked and that nobody got hurt.”

After landing, Morgan hugged the passenger she had just met on the radio.

“It was an exciting time. He said he just wanted to go home to his pregnant wife, “Morgan said.” And that was even better. “

“In my eyes, he was the hero,” Morgan said. “I was just doing my job.”