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Video: Passenger lands small plane after pilot falls ill

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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  2. UKCowboysFan

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    Unfortunately the pilot has since passed away.

    Respect is due to the passenger, and the guys on the ground that talked him down.
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    That's really sad to hear. Thank you for following up with this.
  4. HeavyBarrel

    HeavyBarrel Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear about the pilot......

    On another note, the "Mythbusters" did an episode a couple of years ago and confirmed that a passenger with NO flying expirence could land a plane safely with help over the radio like in "Airplane"
  5. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    With today's technology, it seems that it would be pretty straight-forward talking someone down. I think I could do it if someone walked me through. Which would be harder to land with no experience, a commercial plane or a two-seater? I would think the small one due to winds. There are less gizmos but the big planes practically land themselves with the correct flap positions, speed and a close eye on the altimeter.
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