Passenger lands plane after pilot dies
After their pilot died, a passenger on board a two-engine plane successfully landed the aircraft at Southwest Florida International Airport Monday, reported USA Today.
The passenger saved the lives of four other people on board.
The plane was bound for Jackson, Miss. from Naples, reported CBS4 News.
The plane was on autopilot when the pilot died. The passenger who took over has been licensed for single-engine planes for 20 years.
The passenger got in contact with the airport tower to obtain instructions on how to land the plane. The air traffic controller then called a friend who was familiar with the aircraft to assist. (USA Today)
It took the passenger roughly 15 to 20 minutes to land the plane. The plane was a large luxury King Air model.
The names of the passenger and pilot have not yet been released.