With no prior flight experience, passenger John Wildey, safely and effectively landed a plane in northeast England, this past Thursday, after the pilot became unresponsive and died soon after.
An airport representative for Humberside Airport, close to where Mr. Wildey landed, assisted him in grounding the plane without major incidence.
“The passenger flew over the airport a couple of times and then was talked down by two flight instructors, and the emergency services were waiting for them when he landed safely,” a rep for Humberside said.
Eye witnesses said they saw sparks flying from the front of the plane when the aircraft touched down.
Though Mr. Wildey was unhurt, he said he was quite nervous as he was unable to locate and reach the brake and feared the worse.
“I suppose it was a controlled crash, really,” Mr. Wildey said.
One of the flight instructors, Rob Murray, which assisted Mr. Wildey with his landing, said he was grateful that he was there to assist.
“It’s a fantastic feeling, knowing I have achieved something and probably saved somebody’s life,” Mr. Murray said.
Police are now investigating the pilot’s cause of death.