A passenger with no flying experience became a pilot in a hurry on Tuesday evening when he took over the controls in an emergency.
Agence France-Presse reported a pilot and one passenger took off in a Cessna 172 plane from Yorkshire, UK on Tuesday morning. The passenger didn't expect he would be learning to fly that day, but that's exactly what happened when the pilot fell ill, leaving him to land the plane safely without much of a clue how to do it.
Two helpers gave the man, identified only as John, instructions from the ground and after three passes over the Humberside Airport runway in England, he bumped the plane to a safe landing, according to the BBC. The Associated Press reported some witnesses said sparks flew when the plane hit the ground.
One of the instructors who helped land the plane from the ground, Roy Murray, told the Associated Press that without any help, the man probably would have crashed the plane.
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