hero passenger Who miraculously landed a plane alone He was identified as a 39-year-old Florida man who was armed with only a pair of slippers and a background in interior design.
The man, identified by the family as Darren Harrison, was heading home in Lakeland after a fishing trip in the Bahamas on Tuesday afternoon when the pilot of the Cessna Grand Caravan suddenly became “helpless” and “incoherent.”
The married father, who is currently the vice president of Sunshine Interiors, got into business and sought help over the radio.
The passenger-turned-pilot was heard saying on board, “I have a serious situation here about my pilot,” according to an audio recording broadcast by LiveATC.net.
“He’s incoherent, he has no idea how to fly the plane but I keep the 9100.”
Harrison declined to be interviewed by local media, but his cousin, Matthew Harrison, told The Post he was shocked to learn that his relative was behind the heroic landing.
“I was like, ‘Wait, this is my cousin?'” Matthew, 37, said over the phone. ”
“That was crazy. I’m a fan too, he was so calm, I never knew he was this calm before.”
Matthew said he was “so proud” and “so impressed” after learning what his cousin had done and said his pregnant wife couldn’t believe her husband had managed to get rid of him.
“I texted his wife and said, ‘Are you going to reach out to him and let him know that I admire him and am proud of him, that’s amazing,'” Matthew said.
She said, “I know this is not like a phone call you expect to get…” when he said [told her what happened] She said, “What did you do?” Matthew remembers, laughing.
“He is definitely an extrovert, loves the outdoors, has always been a hunter and is a good guy. He loves everything.”
Robert Morgan, air traffic controller and part-time flight instructor Who trained Harrison during flight and landingOn ‘Today’, the unexpected pilot was his ‘best student ever’.
“The pilot got stuck on the controls and then they pushed him back, they got him out of his seat, and then they had to use the controls and pull the plane back so it could climb out of the dive it was in,” Tell Morgan the Executor.
He did his best to keep Harrison calm as he explained how to slow the plane down and start preparing for landing.
“You look cool, you’re a bit fast, what I want you to do is grab the throttle, just pull that back a little bit because we need to slow you down,” Morgan recalls.
The plane briefly disappeared from radar, but within 10 seconds, Harrison radioed Morgan and told him he was on the ground at Palm Beach International Airport.
My heart kind of sank and I was just thinking, ‘Thank God,’ Morgan said.
Glenda Watson, whose husband Christopher Watson works for Harrison’s company, said her husband told her all about it when he returned from work on Wednesday.
“He said, ‘The president had to land a plane, he’d never flown a plane in his life,'” Watson told The Post.
“I think he surprised everyone, but he saved his life and everyone on board…nothing but God who flew him on this plane.”
She said Harrison went to the office on Wednesday after his severe ordeal but left early in the day.
“I don’t blame him,” Watson said, “I’m leaving early to go and cuddle with my wife.”
“I bet he won’t go fishing for a minute.”