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Elderly Woman Forced to Land Small Plane

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A twin-engine Cessna plane lands after 80-year-old woman is forced to fly plane after husband pilot suffers a medical emergency near Sturgeon Bay. (Photo courtesy of Fox 11 WLUK-TV)
80 year old woman lands safely
A twin-engine Cessna plane lands after 80-year-old woman is forced to fly plane after husband pilot suffers a medical emergency near Sturgeon Bay. (Photo courtesy of Fox 11 WLUK-TV)

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WHBL) - In Door County, an 80-year-old woman landed a twin-engine plane after her husband became unconscious at the controls and died. It started around five yesterday afternoon, when a Cessna declared an emergency about six miles south of Sturgeon Bay. The woman is not a pilot – but she had no choice but to take over, after her 81-year-old husband lost consciousness due to a medical emergency. Door County officials said a certified pilot flew alongside the woman to coach her. But things got more complicated when the plane’s right engine ran out of fuel and lost power. A few moments later, the woman made her final approach and landed at the Door County Cherryland Airport. The woman suffered minor injuries in the landing, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her husband was pronounced dead at the hospital. Their names were not immediately released. The F-A-A is investigating.

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