A family are counting their blessings after the husband took over the controls of a twin-engine plane after the pilot died in mid-flight – and landed it safely.
Fifty-year-old Doug White was flying home to Louisiana from Florida with his wife and two daughters when the drama happened.
They were passengers on a King Air plane that had just taken off from Southwest Florida International Airport.
A few minutes into the flight retired pilot Joe Cabuk reportedly made a choking sound and slipped into unconsciousness.
Mr White, who has been licensed for single-engine planes for 20 years but had never flown a plane so large, took the controls and radioed for help.
“I need help. I need a King Air pilot to talk to. We’re in trouble,” he told air traffic controllers.
He then ordered his family: “You all start praying hard.”
But 30 minutes later, the plane touched down safely and the family’s terrifying ordeal was over.
It came as a double relief for Mr White as he owns the King Air plane and leases it out through his company.
The cause of the pilot’s death has yet to be established.