Passenger with no flying experience lands plane after pilot gets sick — and later dies

National Post | News

A great-grandfather with no experience of flying a plane told Wednesday of his panic as he realised he would have to make an emergency landing after his pilot passed out mid-flight.

John Wildey, 77, said he made a frantic mayday call. But he kept a cool head as he was guided down by two instructors on the ground at Humberside Airport.

Mr. Wildey grounded the plane “flying blind” in the dark with no lights on.

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The pilot, who has not been named, later died in hospital. A post mortem examination is to be carried out Thursday, but police confirmed they were not treating the death as suspicious.

The Cessna 172 was returning to Sandtoft Airfield, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, after a day trip to Skegness on Tuesday when the pilot fell ill.

Mr. Wildey, a former RAF employee, was the only passenger aboard. He said: “I called…

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