ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A passenger landed a plane in England in safely this week. But the passenger had never flown a plane in his life. So how did he do it?
John Wildey is identified as the passenger who landed his plane after his pilot collapsed. Rescue officials were on the tarmac at North Lincolnshire airport awaiting his landing. But as he prepared for landing, Wildey communicated with Roy Murray, an instructor at the Frank Morgan School of Flying. Murray and others gave Wildey a quick guide how to land the flight.
Wildey called his eventual effort a ” controlled crash”. But Murray thought more highly of it. He called it “beautiful” landing during an interview with the BBC. Murray added of the new pilot “I would not be frightened to fly with him.” Yet Wildey admits “I hadn’t a clue what to do to get down”.
The plane departed from Sandtoft Airfield. Shortly during the flight, John contacted Humberside Airport with a mayday. Wildey reported that his pilot collapsed and that he was alone on the plane. The only option was learning how to land a plane.
It took four attempts to land. “We had to get him to do two to three circuits”, Murray told news. “The last one was not very good so we told him to go round again and on the fourth one he managed it”.