Woman, 80, Lands Plane Low On Fuel; Husband Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Authorities say an 80-year-old woman handled a difficult situation well when she took control of a small plane in northeastern Wisconsin and landed it with radio help after the pilot, her husband, lost consciousness.

Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel says the Cessna reported trouble about 5 p.m. Monday near Sturgeon Bay. Vogel says the woman had taken the controls of the twin-engine plane but didn't know how to fly it. Then one of the engines ran out of fuel.

A different pilot was sent up in another plane to determine the Cessna's speed and transmit landing instructions. Vogel says it took a lot for the woman to collect her thoughts and land the plane with her unconscious husband beside her.

The 81-year-old man was pronounced dead at a hospital.


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