"I have a serious problem."
Florida air traffic controllers received a disturbing radio call on Tuesday from the passenger of a small private plane whose pilot had fainted mid-flight.
“My driver is inconsistent.
I don't know how to fly the plane at all”, can we hear in a radio recording transcribed by the local channel WPBF.
The passenger then admitted to having "no idea" of the geographical location of the aircraft, a Cessna 208 Caravan.
He was therefore guided by the controllers, who recommended that he “keep the wings horizontal and try to follow the coast”.
The latter finally managed to locate the apprentice pilot, and their colleagues at the Palm Beach airport then took over and helped him land there, after warning the other aircraft present in the sector.
“I tried to keep him calm.
He was really calm, he just said
listen, I just don't know how to fly, I don't know how to stop this thing if I can get it on the track
, "said Robert Morgan, one of the controllers. of air traffic that supported the passenger, on CNN on Wednesday.
Robert Morgan, who luckily is also a flight instructor, helped him deal with this situation.
Throughout the landing procedure, he remained in contact with the passenger, giving him a real accelerated pilot lesson, explaining how to approach the arrival on the runway, or even how to use the brakes.
Once the plane landed, "I felt like I was going to cry, there was so much adrenaline," he said.
He was then able to meet the passenger, who “took him in his arms” and told him that he now wanted to “go home to find his pregnant wife”.
" Oh my God.
Very good job”, exclaimed in his radio one of the pilots who followed the perilous landing.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that it is investigating the incident.
According to WPTV, the Palm Beach authorities indicated that the pilot had been taken to the hospital after the crash landing, without specifying his condition or revealing the identity of the hero of the day.