It’s a scenario that, fortunately, only ever seems to happen in the movies: In the midst of a cross-country flight, one brave—and very prepared—passenger is called upon to make an emergency landing with the Boeing 737 you’ve all been cruising in. It seems like an impossible task, but according to Tim Morgan, a commercial airline pilot with years of on-the-job experience, anyone can safely land a Boeing 737 in an emergency—even if they have zero experience in a cockpit.
To prove his point, Morgan created a 10-minute video with a flight simulator that offers step-by-step guidance on what to do in just such an emergency, including how to communicate with air traffic control on the ground. He made the video and wrote an in-depth article to answer a question posted on Quora: “What Should I Do if the Pilot Passes Out and I (with No Flight Training) Have to Land the Plane?”
Although the video is very impressive, its instructions could only be put to good use if you’re in this exact situation on a Boeing 737. But it could happen.
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