Friendly Skies: Flight Attendant Helps Land Plane

Flight attendant with commercial pilot's license takes over for ailing co-pilot.


An American Airlines flight attendant with a commercial pilot's license took over for an ailing co-pilot. The co-pilot became ill on the flight from San Francisco to Chicago, so the first officer asked if there were any off-duty pilots on the plane. The flight attendant informed the first officer that she is licensed commercial pilot, so she filled-in for the ailing co-pilot. Sounds like something out of Die Hard V with a happy Hollywood ending.

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