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Passenger Lands Plane

Saving four lives, a passenger landed a twin-engine plane at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers after the pilot died in flight.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the pilot died on Sunday after taking off from Marco Island Executive Airport. The plane was on autopilot and climbing past 10,000 feet when the pilot died. The passenger who took the controls has been licensed for single-engine planes for 20 years, but was not certified to fly the King Air plane, a large luxury model. To instruct him, an air traffic controller called a friend in Connecticut who is rated to fly the aircraft. The plane landed safely.

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Controller: You using the auto pilot or are you flying the airplane?
9DW: Me and the Good Lord are hand flying this. Niner Delta Whiskey.

Oh HELL YES!! The next guy that calls this Hero a redneck gets one in the kisser.


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  • Tom April 24, 2009, 05:47

    Don’t know if you’ve run through it, but I was emailed the audio links between Niner Delta Whisky and the Center, as well as NDW and Ft Myers Approach Control. Would love to buy them all a drink; they worked together so very well, and thank God for that! In your blog, you make a comment that suggests some idiot called the pilot a red neck? Takes some nerve doesn’t it. Here are the links if you’re interested:

    Center/Niner Whiskey Delta
    http://ms2.naplesnews.com/npdn/content/static/pilot.mp3

    Ft Myers Approach Control/Niner Whiskey Delta
    http://web.naplesnews.com/media/audio/2009/04/kingairsave.mp3

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