Passenger lands aircraft after pilot falls ill

Passenger lands aircraft after pilot falls ill

Humberside airport was put on alert last night after a pilot fell ill at the controls and a passenger safely landed the light aircraft.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the airport after the pilot collapsed and a distress call was made.

Two flying instructors were called in to advise the passenger how to bring the aircraft down.

Instructor Roy Murray told the BBC the passenger had no flying experience and did a "remarkable job".

"He didn't know the layout of the aeroplane, he didn't have lights on so he was absolutely flying blind as well,” he said.

"I think he'd flown once before as a passenger but never flown an aeroplane before."

The airport said a full emergency plan was put in place. Roads surrounding the airport were closed but have since reopened.

Two inbound flights from Aberdeen and Amsterdam were delayed while the aircraft was removed from the runway.

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