The media were inspired this week by the safe landing of a Cessna Caravan at Palm Beach International Airport under circumstances countless passengers fear. The single-engine plane’s pilot suffered a cardiac event flying back from the Bahamas, slumping backwards in the cockpit, leaving the two passengers on board pilotless. Passenger Darren Harrison, with no flying experience, managed to take a seat up front, connect the headphone, and eventually reach Robert Morgan, a traffic controller and flight instructor, who guided the plane down safely. The extraordinary event which could have ended very badly not only saved the two passengers on board, but also the pilot.
Originally posted for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100.