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Trainee pilot makes emergency landing on first lesson after instructor faints

Max Sylvester was guided by a controller for 62 minutes as he learnt to land the plane
Max Sylvester was guided by a controller for 62 minutes as he learnt to land the plane

A student pilot had to make a dramatic emergency landing on his first flying lesson after his instructor passed out in the middle of the flight.

Max Sylvester landed at Jandakot Airport, Western Australia, after making several passes over the runway.

Mr Sylvester found himself at the controls only an hour into his lesson on Saturday afternoon, after the pilot fell unconscious over his shoulder.

After calling air traffic control, he spent 62 minutes being guided through the landing process for the two-seater Cessna plane by the controller.

A recording of his call with air traffic control was provided to ABC.

He said: Hes leaning over my shoulder, Im trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down.

After the controller asks him if he knows how to fly the plane, he replies, this is my first lesson.

Mr Sylvester landed the plane safely at the airport, after making several passes over the runway (Picture: 9 News Perth)

Mr Sylvester landed the plane safely at the airport, after making several passes over the runway (Picture: 9 News Perth)

Student pilot makes emergency landing during first lesson after instructor passes out Air traffic control guides Max Sylvester to solid ground as his wife and children listen to tense exchange A trainee pilot was forced to make an emergency landing during his first flying lesson when his instructor fell unconscious. Max Sylvester rang in to air traffic control in Western Australia after his instructor collapsed in the two-seater Cessna plane. ?He?s leaning over my shoulder, I?m trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down,? Mr Sylvester told the controller in audio provided to ABC. ?Do you know how to operate the aeroplane?? the controller asked. ?This is my first lesson,? Mr Sylvester replied. Over the next 62 minutes, the controller guided Mr Sylvester through the landing. The student pilot's wife and three young children listened from air traffic control. ?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,? the controller said. Mr Sylvester landed the plane safely at Jandakot Airport, reportedly after making several passes over the runway. The instructor, from the Air Australia International flying school, was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition, local media reported.

Max Sylvester called air traffic control in Western Australia after his instructor collapsed in the two-seater Cessna plane (Picture: 9 News Perth)

Student pilot makes emergency landing during first lesson after instructor passes out Air traffic control guides Max Sylvester to solid ground as his wife and children listen to tense exchange A trainee pilot was forced to make an emergency landing during his first flying lesson when his instructor fell unconscious. Max Sylvester rang in to air traffic control in Western Australia after his instructor collapsed in the two-seater Cessna plane. ?He?s leaning over my shoulder, I?m trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down,? Mr Sylvester told the controller in audio provided to ABC. ?Do you kn<a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/01/trainee-pilot-makes-emergency-landing-first-lesson-instructor-faints-10666972/>Read More – Source</a></p>
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