Flight data shows path of plane landed by passenger at Palm Beach Airport

When the pilot of a small plane experienced a medical emergency during a flight over Florida on May 10, a passenger who told air traffic control he had “no idea” how to fly an airplane managed to land it safely on Palm Beach. International Airport. This visualization from FlightAware, a flight tracking website, shows the path of the Cessna 208 from Marsh Harbor Airport in the Bahamas to Palm Beach in Florida. In air traffic control audio obtained by WPBF, the Florida news outlet that first reported the incident, the passenger told air traffic controllers in Fort Pierce: “I have a serious situation here. My pilot has become incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the plane.” “Roger. What is your position?” replied Fort Pierce Air Traffic Control. “I have no idea. I see the Florida coast in front of me. And I have no idea,” said the passenger. Fort Pierce air traffic control told the passenger to “keep the wings level” and the shoreline to the north or south as they tried to locate the plane.Radar then picked up the plane’s location near Boca Raton, after which air traffic controllers at Palm Beach International Airport took over and guided the passenger through the steps needed to pick up the plane to land a runway at Palm Beach, WPBF reported. The passenger was accompanied by Robert Morgan, an experienced air traffic controller and flight instructor who told WPBF, “I knew the plane was flying like any other plane. I just knew I was calming him down.” had to hold him, point him to the runway and tell him how to reduce power so he could descend to land.” “It felt really good to help someone, and he told me he couldn’t wait to come home and hug his pregnant wife,” Morgan said. In a statement to Storyful, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that “a single-engine Cessna 208 landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport about 12:30 a.m. local time Tuesday following a possible medical problem with the pilot.” There were two people on board, the FAA said. According to WPTV, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said a person on the plane was taken to a hospital.Credit: FlightAware.com via Storyful

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