We came across a story of a passenger who landed a plane despite having no training has finally spoken.The name is Darren Harrison revealed that his action of landing the plane after the pilot became unconscious.
After the pilot became unconscious, the plane started to nose-dive.
Harrison said: “I knew if I didn’t react, then we would die.”
He said: “I was pretty calm and collected the whole time because I knew it was a life or death situation. Either you do what you have to do to control the situation or you’re gonna die.”
Harrison, a worker at a flooring firm, told media that his wife, Britney, who was 7-months pregnant with their unborn daughter, was his inspiration.
He also stated that the landing of the plane was a miracle from God.
He told host Guthrie that “the hand of God was on that plane.”
He said: “I was climbing to the front and that plane was in a dive. I was just looking going, ‘I can’t die today. Britney’s pregnant, I’ve got a baby on the way — not today. Today’s not my day’.”
Harrison later was able to contact the tower operator who helped guide him down to the runway, where he made a perfect landing.
“My nightmare’s always been when I go on flights like this, ‘What happens if something health-wise happens to the pilot? What’s gonna happen?’ “he told Today, saying he had thought about it “many a time.”
Before this unfortunate event happened, Harrison was “just back there relaxing” in the plane and was even taking a picture of his shoe-less feet up on a chair when the pilot announced that “Guys, I gotta tell you, I don’t feel good … I got a headache and I’m fuzzy and I just don’t feel right,'” Harrison recalled.
“I said, ‘What do we need to do?’… however, the pilot never responded. He was already unconscious. The pilot “wasn’t responding to us yelling at him.”
“By the time I had moved forward to the front of the airplane, I realized that we had now gone into a dive at a very fast rate. All I saw when I came up to the front was water out the right window and I knew it was coming quick,” he said.
“I grabbed the controls of the airplane and slowly started to pull back on the stick and turn,” he said, adding that he relied on “just common sense.”
“I knew if I went up and yanked that the airplane would stall. And I also knew at the rate we were going, we were probably going way too fast and it would rip the wings off the airplane.
“That’s the scariest part of the whole story,” he said.
After the plane leveled, Harrison made an attempt to use the pilot’s headphones to contact the ground control bu the wires were frayed.
“I immediately turn to the guy next to me and say, ‘I’m gonna need your headset because I got to talk to somebody,'”he recalled.
Fortunately, he got in touch with one Robert Morgan, a part-time flight instructor and an air controller who successfully guided Harrison to land safely.
“When I was flying and saw the state of Florida, at that second I knew, ‘I’m gonna land the airplane,’c he recalled.
“I don’t know what the outcome is gonna be, I don’t know how it’s gonna happen, but I’m gonna have to land this airplane because there’s no other option,” he said.
After the plane landed, he “felt so comfortable” flying he even offered to park the plane at the airport, he said.
He thanked Robert Morgan and “threw the headset on the dash and said the biggest prayer I’ve ever said in my life,” he said.
“That’s when all the emotions set in. It was a thankful prayer for the safety and everything that happened,” he said.
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