Passenger with no flying experience lands a plane

Arthur Greene

It’s said to be a common nightmare: you find yourself sitting in a cockpit, flying a plane that you have no idea how to operate. For Florida man Darren Harrison, this became a reality.

Harrison, who had no experience flying a plane, made a successful emergency landing on Tuesday after his pilot had a medical emergency.

The single-engine Cessna 208 took off from Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas, but after only a handful of minutes Harrison made an emergency call to a dispatcher.

In an audio recording of the flight, a remarkably calm Harrison can be heard telling the air traffic controller, ”I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane.”

 The dispatcher responds: “ATC: 333 Lima Delta, Roger, what’s your position?” 

“I have no idea. I can see the coast of Florida in front of me but I have no idea,” Harrison replies.

“Maintain wings level and just try to follow the coast, either northbound or southbound. We’re trying to locate you.”

At that point, the dispatcher locates air traffic controller and flight instructor Robert Morgan, who used a map of the plane’s cockpit to give instructions to Harrison on how to land it.

Miraculously, Harrison landed the plane safely at Palm Beach International Airport.

“I knew the plane was flying like any other plane. I just knew I had to keep him calm, point him to the runway and tell him how to reduce the power so he could descend to land,” Morgan later told WPBF-TV.

It remains unclear what happened to the pilot of the plane but they are reportedly recovering in hospital.

Video source: @wbpf_ari

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