Pilot is Dead. Now What?

Picture this: Flying home with your family, on a King Air. You have flown single engine airplanes before, but nothing as complex as a turbocharged, retractable gear, multi engined aircraft like the King Air.

You decide to travel in the co-pilots seat while the pilot of the aircraft takes off and flys you home.

10 Min after take-off, the pilot dies. What do you do?

This happened to Doug White. A video of his radar track and atc communications of the almost 40 min ordeal is a good watch.

2 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    Nice story – sent tingles down my spine!

  2. Mark says:

    Sounds like fun to me, except for the whole “somebody died to make it possible” situation.
    That aside, my head kept going back to the “Anyone can land a plane” story. Yes, this guy did great in the situation he was in, but one must remember he was already a PP, and even then he was challenged – I doubt just anyone could have pulled that off.
    I did wonder at points why he didn’t just refer to the arcs on the ASI to get critical airspeeds that he needed guidance with – VLO, VFE, etc, and why other fairly straightforward things seemed to have him a bit confused. I guess it’s easy to be an armchair quarterback like I am, though. 😉