Published on : Thursday, October 10, 2013
The passenger panicked but got hold of his emotions at the right moment and only focused on survival.
John Wildey, the passenger or the hero of the moment landed the plane at Humberside Airport under the guidance of instructors called in by air traffic controllers.
Mr Wildey and his pilot were the only people on board the Cessna 172 aircraft, which had travelled from Sandtoft Airfield, near Scunthorpe, to Skegness.
The pilot had died and collapsed in the cockpit and the passenger told news agencies that he simply wanted to get down.
He says that it was a Controlled crash’. A flying enthusiast but without lessons in flying Wildey did a fine job in making the plane land safely.
He said that he had plenty of doubts about survival, because just didn’t know what was going to happen. The instructors were talking to him on the radio all the time and that gave him confidence and helped him to go on.
He said that the plane landed with a “right bump”, saying it was like a “controlled crash, really”.
The two men were close to arriving back at Sandtoft when the pilot fell ill and Mr Wildey had to be diverted to Humberside Airport to make his landing.
He said he was finding it hard to deal with the death of his friend. Mr Wildey said that he didn’t get much sleep last night worrying about, thinking about what he should have done.
The fact that he made such a bold attempt and took the initiative of making a forced landing with a dead pilot at his side speaks volumes about his courage.
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