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.