Woman, 80, lands plane after pilot faints

2012-04-03 20:14

Sturgeon Bay - Authorities say an 80-year-old woman took control of a small plane and landed it with radio help after the pilot, her husband, lost consciousness.

Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel says the Cessna reported trouble on Monday evening in Wisconsin. Vogel says the woman didn't know how to fly the twin-engine plane. Then one engine ran out of fuel.

Another plane was sent up to determine the Cessna's speed and transmit landing instructions. Vogel says it took a lot for the woman to collect her thoughts and land the plane with her unconscious husband beside her.

The 81-year-old man was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

  • Sylvia - 2012-04-03 20:59

    Wow, what a plucky old lady. So sad about her husband though.

  • Bruce - 2012-04-03 21:10

    "Flight into Danger"(Arthur Hailey) for real!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-03 21:18

    Wow! What we are capable of when confronted with the unknown. Fight-or-flight takes on a whole new dimension :) Kudos to her.

  • cheyenne.duplooy - 2012-04-04 09:45

    Hard core untie

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