Florida passenger who landed plane after pilot passed out says he had to ‘do or die’
Written by Angie Sharma on May 17, 2022
A Florida man who was forced to take over the controls of a small airplane last week, after the pilot had a medical emergency mid-flight, says that he did what he did because he didn’t have a choice.
Darren Harrison was flying with the pilot in a small Cessna when the pilot passed out. Harrison radioed the control tower, took the controls and landed the plane safely at Palm Beach International Airport in South Florida — even though he had no piloting experience.
“My pilot has gone incoherent,” he said during the crisis. “I have no idea how to fly the airplane.”