Could you land a plane in an emergency?
How to get a plane down in a panic
In early May 2022 a single passenger named Darren Harrison was left to fly the light aircraft he was traveling in after the pilot lost consciousness. He landed successfully after following "talk-down" over-the-radio procedures jointly issued from an air traffic controller and a flight instructor on the ground. His was not the only example of such a scenario, with CNN reporting of at least three other occasions when passengers have been left in life or death situations where the only choice open to them is to take the controls and land a plane themselves. But what's involved in a "talk down," and would you have the nerve and powers of concentration to fly yourself out of such a frightening situation?
Click through and find out what it takes to get a plane down in a panic.
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