Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Mon Aug 07, 2000 12:17 pm

I found this article on the altavista web site.

Pilot Dies; Passenger Lands Plane

Associated Press

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Henry Anhalt had never flown an airplane, but his life and the lives of his wife and children depended on him when their pilot passed out at the controls.
Anhalt safely landed the single-engine plane with help from a flight instructor who told him how to fly and guided him to an airport.

The pilot, Kristopher Pearce, 36, was pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Anhalt made a mayday call Saturday afternoon, saying he needed help landing the six-seat Piper aircraft. He and his wife and three children were returning from a church retreat in the Bahamas when Pearce lost consciousness.

The plane was spotted by Dan McCullough, a part-time flight instructor who was flying in the area giving lessons to Rob Garcia.

Anhalt didn't seem frightened, McCullough said.

"He was real calm and was able to give me directions about the instruments,'' he said.

While Anhalt practiced controlling the aircraft with McCullough's instructions, his wife, Becky Anhalt, 33; and sons Jeremiah, 11; Jacob, 7; and Joseph, 2, were buckled up in the passenger seats behind him.

When Anhalt was ready and firefighters were in place, they headed for Winter Haven Airport.

"I just gave him directions how to get it over the runway and then to cut the engine,'' McCullough said. "I had to keep him level. If he came in too steep, he'd dive into the ground. If he came in too far back, he'd stall.''

Thirty minutes after taking the controls of an airplane for the first time, Anhalt landed.

The plane struck a runway hard, bounced and touched down again, then veered across a grassy median and came to a stop on an adjacent runway. The plane had minimal damage, police said.

"He couldn't have done much better if he had kept it in the middle of the runway,'' Garcia said.


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RE: Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Mon Aug 07, 2000 3:03 pm

Saw this all over the local news tonight...(in Tampa)
No interviews with family yet..still too shaken/upset, they wonder...
Maybe we all should get some basic lessons before flying in small planes?

Here's another link with more detailed story from paper closer to Winter Haven area
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RE: Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Mon Aug 07, 2000 5:20 pm

Not a bad idea. I've got 2 years of flight simulator experience (FS98 and FS2000). I could land a plane, even an airliner with assistance from the ATC and the autopilot.
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RE: Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Mon Aug 07, 2000 6:43 pm

Cba, don't be so sure you could land a REAL airliner even if you have flown the same plane in FS. I have also about five years of experience from FS98 and 2000, but I still wouldn't be so stupid that I would say I can land an airliner in reality. Real flying in an airliner is much more complicated than in FS.

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RE: Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Mon Aug 07, 2000 8:00 pm

Well, after my 10 years of PC simulations I moved to the real thing (C172 and C150) in June. When I got into the C172 I felt like I've been there before. It's not that different than the sim thing (but it's real and therefore very dangerous if you still think you're in sim  

I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
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RE: Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Mon Aug 07, 2000 10:00 pm

the sim is good for you to know the layout of the cockpit, as well as _how_ you fly it, but as to the flying...remember, in RL you can't start over when you crash.
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RE: Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Tue Aug 08, 2000 12:23 am

Salt Lake.... This is Columbia 409.... Something hit us.... the crew is dead.... help us, please help us!!!

hehehe i just had to put that down.

No, really, that must have been the most nervewracking thing that could happen. I know I would be scared out of my pants if that happened, and I'm a pilot with 20+ years of flight experience!
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Columbia 409

Tue Aug 08, 2000 5:33 am

777gk - thanks for reminding me of a great movie! Airport '75, I think I can still remember every word of dialog in that film I've seen it so many times. The flying sequences are awesome. The acting is well over-the-top, there are times when you want to slap Karen Black and tell her to just do what Charlton Heston says (of course she's kinda muddled up because she's having his baby).

"now look for the Altimeter, it's marked A-L-T....I see it yes....what does it read honey?"

RE:CBA/ Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Tue Aug 08, 2000 8:17 am

So you have two years of simulator "experience"... Experience, that's an interesting way to put it. Don't you mean "playtime"?
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RE: Passenger Lands Aircraft After Pilot Dies

Wed Aug 09, 2000 1:01 am

well to al those who say that FS98/2000 will help enable u to fly a real acft: NOPE.

I had this misconception as well. Until, i got the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of an IC A320. I also hand flew a 2 seat Pushpak(something like the US Piper Cub) once from BOM, and it was quite a handful. It JUST isnt the same!

The view from the cockpit of an A320 is quite different from what u see in FS98.

As far as the Piper goes, since i actually held the controls for a while, i would say that in a FS98 you dont get the FEEL of the aircraft

In a real aircraft, you can feel the forces acting on the airframe. And yes it refuses to stay straight and level!

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