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Australian teen takes control after pilot faints

Posted on January 26th, 2014 at 12:54 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


A teenager described on Sunday how he took the controls of a light plane for more than half an hour after the pilot passed out during a joy flight over rural Australia.

Troy Jenkins, 19, said the single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the New South Wales state farming town of Forbes on Saturday afternoon when the pilot Derek Neville, 61, lost consciousness.

Jenkins said he had taken the controls before while flying with Neville, a family friend. Jenkins flew circles around Forbes airport at a steady altitude of 610 meters (2,000 feet) for around 45 minutes before the pilot came to.

I’m glad he didn’t have the fish. It’s a whole different kind of flying altogether now.

  1. Now, the kid needs to learn how to land the darned thing! 🙂 Still, he kept his head, and I’m sure if he had to, then under direction of ground control, he would have been able to do so. Kudos to him!

  2. “It’s a whole different kind of flying”.

    Nah, kids should be kept from learning to land, because only terrorists – oh wait, I guess they’re the only ones who DON’T need to learn to land.

    Kudos to the kid for keeping the airplane going, but wouldn’t it have made more sense to get the plane back on the ground in case the pilot wasn’t just taking an unplanned nap?

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