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Old 04-14-2009, 02:44 PM
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Do any pilots here know about the recent landing of a twin by a passanger?
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It was not what you think.

The situation you are referring to was that the pilot flying the twin engine plane died of a heart attack while the plane was at altitude.

The co-pilot/friend was also a licensed pilot, qualified/licensed to fly a single engine aircraft, and took control of the plane and successfully landed it.
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Heard that had to talk to the tower for help?
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from the horse's mouth
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/...s-landing-pla/
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That was as good as it gets why don't we ever get something like this repoert to the max in the press thank god for there father!!
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Heard that had to talk to the tower for help?
Yes, I forgot to mention that. <- me.
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
Yes, I forgot to mention that. <- me.
Sorry to mention that
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The guy who ended up at the controls was returning home on an Easter Sunday flight with his family on that King Air. They had been to FL for his brother's funeral, when this challenge unfolded immediately thereafter.

It's a sad, yet inspiring story, and an amazing testament to the human spirit. 25 years ago I flew King Airs, and judging from the differences in a King Air 200, and a Cessna 172, this guy did an extremely good job. Hats off to him.

Here's a link to an article with a recording of the real life drama unfolding as the aircraft is being helped to land. And yes, I agree, a story such as this should make 20-20, 60 Minutes, ect...

http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/article...WT.mc_sect=tts
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He should be able to transition easily with that crash course. I always wondered what would happen if I was taken ill and could not fly. My wife would have to take over; kind of scary.
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I think I have followed in the paths of others in that the older I get, the more conservative I become. 20-30 years ago, I flew friends and family around in Bonanzas and Barons frequently......with me being the only pilot on board. I don't know if I would be comfortable doing that anymore, as I guess I've gotten very used to someone beside me if I should conk out, or miss something for that matter. To be fair though, I haven't flown a small airplane in 20+ years, and that might have something to do with it!

I had flown a couple 200's in the early to mid 80's. The first one I flew was a straight 200, with -41 engines and chain gear. The later one I flew was a B200, with -42 engines, and hydraulic gear. It was a really nice airplane, and was sold shortly before I moved on. The new owners kept the same tail number (N740P), and I actually heard them on the radio a couple years ago. We switched frequencies, and chatted briefly, which brought back many fond memories. I got to fly my wife in that aircraft once, and she really loved it.

I can't imagine having a couple hundred hours, with no knowledge of that type aircraft, and being placed in this guy's position. The successful outcome of this story is not only a testament to him, but to the airplane itself, as it is a wonderfully forgiving and easy airplane to fly.

What do you bet Mr. White flies one again?

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Originally Posted by ladyjane View Post
Heard that had to talk to the tower for help?
I would suggest it's a demonstration of competence to ask for help when you need it and have time. Since he didn't have to guess, he didn't guess wrong.

(my 2cents)
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That is what I had said before. The general concept of flight never changes. I have never flown the 200, but the 350 is easily flown. I found it humorous about the trim having only 2 settings and he was used to 4 on his 172. I still use my checklist today. I guess I am just a by the numbers type of person.

I think his biggest challenge was to maintain the correct airspeed. I am sure he could "feel" that in the plane he was accustomed to flying.

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