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Humberside Airport emergency landing pilot has died
4:08pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
The pilot of a light aircraft who fell ill forcing his passenger to perform an emergency landing at Humberside Airport has died, police said.
The Cessna 172 light aircraft was travelling to Sandtoft on Tuesday when the pilot, who has not yet been named, suddenly became unwell just after 6pm and made a distress call.
Humberside Police confirmed the pilot died later that night but do not yet know his cause of death.
Two flight instructors were called in to talk to the passenger from the ground while he took control of the plane, an airport spokesman said. The man had very limited flying experience but successfully landed at the North Lincolnshire airport just after 7.30pm after four circuits of the airport.
Flight instructor Roy Murray said he was surprised by just how calm the passenger was, and said the atmosphere in the control tower was tense. There were handshakes but no cheers when the plane touched down, he said.
"It was tense at times, especially the last mile or so. We couldn't see any lights on him. It was just a silhouette in the dark. We just had to judge he was the right height and the right speed, which he was. All due respect."
A Humberside Police spokesman said: "Police are not treating the death as suspicious and, as such, a file will be prepared for the coroner in order to establish what led to the death of the pilot by way of an inquest.”