A student pilot made an emergency landing at Jandakot Airport, Perth, Australia, after his instructor collapsed mid-flight on Saturday
Max Sylvester, on the controls of the small Cessna, during his first lesson, called air traffic control just over an hour into his lesson after his instructor started to lean over his shoulder.
Following is the conversation between the pilot and the ATC controller.
“Do you know how to operate the airplane?” the operator asks.
“..very very litte, This is my first lesson,” Mr Sylvester tells him.
“He’s leaning over my shoulder, I’m trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down,” Mr Sylvester told the controller.
“…first thing we want to do … keep your wing level and maintain speed and altitude”
The air traffic controller kept the trainee calm as he guided him through an emergency landing.
“We’re tracking where you are at the moment,” the operator says.
“You’re doing a really great job. I know this is really stressful. But you’re going to do an amazing job and we’re going to help you get down to the ground, OK?”
“Have you landed any aircraft before?” he asks.
“No, I haven’t,” Mr Sylvester
“Well my flight instructor did say I was the best student he’d had,” Mr Sylvester replies.
He finally landed safely after nearly an hour.
His New Zealand-born instructor, Robert Mollard, is in a stable condition in hospital.
‘This could have gone way, way bad’
Chuck McElwee, owner and operator of Air Australia International, which employs the pilot, said he had not witnessed a situation like it in his 28 years running the flying school.