(CNN) — A passenger with no flying experience landed safely on a private plane at a Florida airport on Tuesday afternoon, May 10, when the pilot became incapacitated.
As the situation unfolded, the passenger can be heard telling air traffic control that he doesn’t know how to fly the plane, according to LiveATC.net audio obtained by CNN.
“I have a serious situation here,” the unidentified passenger said on audio. “My pilot has become incoherent and I have no idea how to fly the plane.”
Then an air traffic controller began giving the passenger audio instructions on how to land the plane, which eventually landed at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.
“Try to keep the wings straight and see if you can dismount for me. Push the controls forward and descend very slowly,” the air traffic controller tells the man.
“Try following the coast either north or south. We’re trying to locate you.”
In additional audio recorded by LiveATC.net, another air traffic controller can be heard telling other planes what happened.
“You just saw a couple of passengers land on this plane,” the tower operator tells an American Airlines pilot waiting to take off for Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Did you say the passengers landed on the plane?” asked the American Airlines pilot. “Oh my god. Great job,” he said.
Two people were aboard the single-engine Cessna 208 when the pilot had a “possible medical issue,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The condition of the pilot was initially unknown.
The FAA is investigating.
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