A passenger had to take over the controls of an aeroplane and make an emergency landing at a regional English airport on Tuesday after the pilot fell ill the Guardian reports.
The light aircraft had taken off for a training flight carrying just the pilot and the passenger, who is believed to have had flying experience but had not carried out a landing before. With guidance from experts on the ground, the passenger flew the plane safely to the ground.
Humberside airport called in instructors to provide radio advice to the passenger and put in place a full emergency plan involving police and fire crews. The condition of the pilot has not yet been confirmed.
Stuart Sykes told the BBC that he had witnessed the aircraft land on its third attempt, shortly before 8pm, adding: “It came down with a bump, a bump, a bump, hit the front end down. I heard some crashing and it’s come to a halt.
“There were a few sparks and three or four crashes, that must have been the propeller hitting the floor. Then it uprighted again and came to a stop.”
Roads around the airport were closed while two incoming flights to the airport, from Scotland and the Netherlands, were delayed as a result of the incident.