A passenger with no flying experience landed a plane at a Florida airport after the pilot became incapacitated

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(CNN) – “I don’t know how to fly an airplane.”

According to LiveATC.net audio, the pilot on its single-engine Cess 208 “became incompatible,” the passenger was telling air traffic controllers Tuesday afternoon.

He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture.

Air Traffic Controller Robert Morgan, a certified flight instructor, was on break when the call came from a plane flying out of the Bahamas.

“I ran there and I go in and the room is really busy … and they know, ‘Hey, this pilot is incompetent. The passengers are flying. They have no experience flying,” Morgan said. CNN’s “New Day” On wednesday

“I said, ‘Oh boy.’

Morgan learned that the passenger on the line had never flown the plane – but he was around the flight and saw the other pilots flying.

“It was really quiet,” Morgan said. He said, “I don’t know how to fly. I don’t know how to stop this thing if I get on the runway.”

Morgan never flew this model Cessna. He drew the layout of the instrument panel and began to guide his new student step-by-step.

Air Traffic Controller Robert Morgan, left, Darren Harrison, right, helped land the plane after the pilot became incompetent.

Air Traffic Controller Robert Morgan, left, Darren Harrison, right, helped land the plane after the pilot became incompetent.

Courtesy Robert Morgan

“Try to hold the wings level and see if you can start descending for me. Proceed to the controls and descend at a very slow rate,” the air traffic controller can be heard saying to the new pilot in LiveATC audio.

“Try to follow the north or south coast. We’re trying to find you.”

Morgan made the major decision to guide the aircraft to the largest airport in the area, helping to locate its passenger-piloted aircraft 8 miles from Palm Beach International, “as if it had a really big target to aim at.”

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Together, they found Cessna to get down on the runway, showing footage obtained by CNN affiliated WPBF – which takes about 20 hours to learn with the usual flight instructions.

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Rated the landing from 10 out of 10 in Morgan’s view.

“I thought I’d cry then, because I have too much adrenaline,” Morgan said. “I was really happy it worked and no one was hurt.”

The other pilots were stunned as another air traffic controller relayed into the airwaves that had just opened, suggesting another audio captured by LiveATC.net.

“You’ve just seen some passengers get on that plane,” the tower operator told the American Airlines pilot, waiting to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Did you say the passengers landed the plane?” Asked the American Airlines pilot. “Oh, my God. Great job,” he said.

The condition of the original Cessna pilot, who had a “potential medical problem,” was not immediately known, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

After Cessna’s landing, Morgan met his new student, who gave him a big hug and thanked him.

“It was an emotional moment. He said he just wanted to get his pregnant wife home,” Morgan said. “And it felt better.”

“In my eyes, he was a hero,” Morgan said. “I was just doing my job.”

CNN’s Aaron Cooper, Ross Levitt, Laura James contributed to this report.

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