(QHA) - In Britain a passenger managed to land the small aircraft after the pilot collapsed and died at the controls. Flying instructors explained the passenger over the radio how to land, reports NBC News.
Rory Murray, one of two instructors who guided the plane onto the ground on Tuesday, told the BBC that the passenger had done a “remarkable job.”
"It's a fantastic feeling, knowing I have achieved something and probably saved somebody's life," Murray said. "I think without any sort of talk down he would have just gone into the ground and that would have been the end of it."
Emergency crews were called to Humberside Airport, near the city of Hull in northeast England, after a distress call came from the two-person aircraft to say the pilot had collapsed.
Both people on board the plane were “middle aged,” an airport spokesperson told ITV News. Neither person has been named.
Murray, who works as a flying instructor at the airport, said he had to keep the passenger calm as he talked him through how to land the plane.
"He made quite a good landing, actually," Murray said. “He didn't know the layout of the airplane. He didn't have lights on so he was absolutely flying blind as well.”
As reported, Humberside Airport was closed during the operation.