Pilot in practice lands plane after the instructor faints
SYDNEY: An Australian man who ventures into the skies for a first flight class was forced to make an incredible solo landing after his instructor passed out in the middle of the flight.
Max Sylvester's wife and three children watched from the ground as air traffic control guided him through the safe landing of the Cessna tandem at Perth Jandakot airport on Saturday.
The 30-something had issued an emergency panic call from an altitude of 1,900 meters (6,200 feet), after his instructor collapsed on his shoulder and could not be awakened.
Do you know how to operate the plane? Asked urgently the air traffic controller in Perth, according to a recording of his exchange.
This is my first lesson, Sylvester replied, adding that he had never landed a plane before.
Realizing the magnitude of the task in question, the tower replied: The first thing we are going to do is make sure the wings stay level.
He was instructed to maintain the altitude and to go over the track to get an idea of the terrain and feel more comfortable.
You are doing a great job, the operator assures the apprentice when someone more familiar with the plane was taken to the tower.
I know this is really stressful. But you're going to do an amazing job and we're going to help you get to the ground, okay?
About twenty minutes later, the plane made a bumpy landing.
You made it friend! exclaimed the air traffic controller. Well done. That is incredible!
The instructor was taken to the hospital in stable condition and Sylvester received his first solo flight certificate from the instructor's employer, Air Australia International.
This could have gone very, very badly, said Air Australia International owner Chuck McElwee, according to ABC public broadcaster.
But everything went well, and it worked well, mainly due to the cooperation of the tower.