Whether you’ve seen it on Airplane! or tested on Mythbusters, it is possible for a passenger with no flying experience to land an airplane if there’s a calm voice on the radio telling them how.
That’s what happened recently aboard a small single-engine plane, when the incapacitation of the pilot left a passenger at the wheel. Radioing down to sea level, Darren Harrison admitted, “I have no idea how to fly the airplane.”
Air Traffic Controller Robert Morgan, a certified flight instructor with over 1,200 hours of flight time, was having a lunch break near his control tower at Fort Pierce when he got a disturbing call about a plane that needed help as it was flying in from the Bahamas.
“I rush over there and I walk in and the room is really busy… and they’re like, ‘Hey, this pilot’s incapacitated. The passengers are flying the plane. They have no flying experience,” Morgan told CNN’s New Day on Wednesday.
Audio of the radio exchanges between Morgan and Harrison was obtained by a CNN affiliate.
“‘3-Lima-Delta what’s your position?” Morgan radioed in.
“I have no Idea. I see the coast of Florida in front of me aaaaand, I have no idea,” Harrison responded.
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