80 Year Old Woman Lands Plane After Pilot Dies - Audio

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Our condolences to H Collins, but an amazing job landing the plane, especially since she has no flying experience! One engine had already run dry and she landed it single engine. Help was provided by Catherine and Robert Vuksanovic. Cherryland Airport manager Keith
Kasbohm contacted them for assistance in talking her down.

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Helen C. Collins, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully in the evening of Monday, March 16, 2015, surrounded by family at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, CA.

Author — Matty Bt

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UNBELIEVABLE! 80 YEARS OLD AND NOT A PILOT? WITH HER DEAD HUSBAND SITTING NEXT TO HER? OUT OF GAS? DEADSTICK? I'VE BEEN FLYING FORTY EIGHT YEARS, AND THIS WAS AMAZING.... SO SHE BROKE THE NOSE GEAR.... ANY LANDING YOU CAN WALK AWAY FROM.... ETC.

Author — Robert H Cochran

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I hope this situation was used for training in ATC response. Helen kept her cool more than anyone else. She was given confusing and conflicting instructions in the beginning. Below in the comments someone has linked Helens obituary. She passed away in 2015. And they posted an news article about this situation. Sounds like her husband was a great guy too and they used their plane for Angel flights for those with medical needs. He was buried with full military honors having served in the Marine Corp. The husband and wife team; the female on the ground and the pilot guiding her down did a awesome job and really worked to get her down. Kudos to them too. I can't imagine the emotions Helen was battling with her husband of 50 years expired next to her while she is fighting to land that plane. And after she landed I can only imagine the horrible sense of grief descending on her once the adrenalin wore off. What a remarkable woman.

Author — Carolina Girl

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I am a pilot of over 14000 hours and this lady did a fantastic job. All those morons that have no idea how difficult this aircraft can be to fly. The lady talking to her and the pilot did a good job talking to her what a great to Go Helen! Even some Aviators can learn some coolness from her.

Author — Dori Abouzeid

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Is there a book or movie about this? There should be. The woman is 80, had never flown that plane, her husband lays dead beside her, she's getting conflicting instructions from two different towers, her son freaks out instead of comforting her, one engine runs out of gas as she's landing...and during the ordeal she actually manages some humor to lighten the situation. W T F!!!

Author — Anne C

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This just shows how strong these older generation ladies really are! A first landing with asymmetric power and conflicting instructions, what a nightmare!! She's a complete star!

Author — Percy Prune MHDOIF and bars

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Absolutely AMAZING!!! Whether or not she had flight experience before to be put in an unfamiliar aircraft, a dead husband and a lot of chatter in your ears to land is a MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT (and she was 80)!!! WELL DONE!!!

Author — David Noblett

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Wow! what an amazing gal Helen was! RIP madam and say hi to your hubby in heaven!

Author — Pils Nrimgaard

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Took that pilot forever to get airborne.

Author — Ascension 2000

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Some people like Helen are just naturally strong and don't get rattled. With her husband dead beside her, is tragic enough, and then she has to take over as a pilot. An amazing woman. RIP Helen.

Author — Bruce Gordon

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One thing these ATCs should have done immediately is ask everyone on the frequency to go silent except for one ATC. I was a nervous wreck listening to this because she was getting directions from multiple people at first. I should be policy for one ACT to take control.

Author — craig d

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Those who talked Her down great job, to the Family so sorry for your loss. for the 92 who disliked this I’m pretty sure y’all will never meet Helen .

Author — Johnny Lee

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*Meanwhile we are playing flight simulator and keep crashing our planes*

Author — GamingWithJoseph 09828

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Jesus Christ! My nerves are wrecked. I knew she survived yet thought she would never make it!
What a fantastic lady.
I love her.
Condolences to all her family.

Author — Matty Bt

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Her husband just died it is hard enough and now she have to save her one life take the hat of for her

Author — lomrithsa

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35:45 - Wingman: "Close the road...close the road over?" (at the end of runway). 80 year old Helen to wingman: "What do you mean, "Close the road?"  Wingman: "Ah, I'm talking to the people on the ground." Helen: "Don't you have any faith in me?" LOL, you gotta love the dark situational humor this dear woman injects into this very tense situation! And then he quick wittedly comes back with, "I do, but I don't trust the drivers on the road."

Author — Elyn

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After listening to this I would love to see a video of her landing, if it exists.

Author — Jeff Darnell

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Most 80 year olds cant even drive 70 on the express way, this lady is goin 150 in a plane, and she says, "150? Thats really fast!" Lol she kept mostly calm and did a good job. I probably woulda poo'd the pants.

Author — LocChokingVMorningG

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Helen kicked butt that day. Great job!
RIP Helen.

Author — Fred Hoffman

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They say men over 30 are more likely to suffer heart attacks while in airplanes. Always keep a women in a plane with you just in case.

Author — Karlinna Önnudóttir