PILOT DIES, Passenger Lands King Air

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NEW 2020 EDITION Pilot dies in flight. ***DISCLAIMER*** The Hero passenger who lands the King Air Turbo Prop and saves his family had earned a Private Pilot's License 18 years prior to this incident. He quit flying shortly after with only 80 hours total time logged. On this "Commercial Charter" flight Doug White is flying home after attending his brother's funeral with his wife and daughters on board. The Charter Pilot dies suddenly within minutes after takeoff. Doug is forced to take control of the complex high performance turboprop aircraft with zero experience in a King Air and with zero notice. Dead pilot slumped over the controls and distraught family in the passenger cabin. If you are in anyway offended by these circumstances please do not watch this video. ***END OF DISCLAIMER*** . Previously released in 2015, this new edition includes new content, behind scenes information, interviews with air traffic controllers, super-titles of ATC communications, and more.

On Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2009, Doug White and his family chartered a Beech King Air B200 N559DW for a flight from Marco Island, Florida bound for Louisiana with 5 souls on board. Soon after takeoff, the pilot, 67 year old retired Air Force Colonel Joe Cabuk loses consciousness. creating an emergency situation that required extraordinary measures by the planes passengers and Air Traffic Controllers. This video is a recreation of that flight and is intended to honor and pay tribute to the pilots and air traffic controllers.

I have used actual published radar tracks and numerous published interviews and news reports to determine as close as possible the flight path, altitudes, headings, and other pertinent details of this flight. Due to a relatively erratic flight path following the emergency, some airspeeds, altitudes, and headings, may vary slightly from the actual flight. The actual ATC recording of the communications with the King Air are included in their entirety.

The King Air used for this flight is by Carenado. The Fort Myers Scenery is by LatinVFR. Please refer to the "About" tab on our home channel page for more information on hardware and software specs.

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***DISCLAIMER*** The Hero passenger who lands the King Air Turbo Prop and saves his family had earned a Private Pilot's License 18 years prior to this incident. He quit flying shortly after with only 80 hours total time logged. On this "Commercial Charter" flight Doug White is flying home after attending his brother's funeral with his wife and daughters on board. The Charter Pilot dies suddenly within minutes after takeoff. Doug is forced to take control of the complex high performance turboprop aircraft with zero experience in a King Air and with zero notice. Dead pilot slumped over the controls and distraught family in the passenger cabin. If you are in anyway offended by these circumstances please do not watch this video. ***END OF DISCLAIMER*** This video is intended to honor and pay tribute to every single person involved. Thank you for helping me do that by keeping your comments respectful.

Author — FS MaNiA

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Just a warning...If you don’t have a free 43 minutes, don’t bother starting to watch this video because you’re not turning it off.

Author — jimmyk058

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Wow! is all I can say!!! The amount of professionalism from all involved is so amazing!!! Everybody stayed as calm and collected as you could possibly ask for or imagine!!! I can only think of the amount of pressure he had knowing your entire family is on board with you!!! God bless them all!!! TGBTG

Author — deermeatfordinner

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Using a Flight Simulator to recreate this was genius

Author — D.C. Gold

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Am I the only one impressed that his wife and daughters weren’t screaming the whole time?

Author — Derek Sandoz

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"Which taxiway you want?". Imagine the relief...

Author — T H E K I T P L U G

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His accent makes this even more badass for some reason

Author — Super Bamse

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"Me and the good Lord hand flying this niner Delta Whiskey."

This guy is a legend!

Author — Mr BH

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My god, that man is a machine to stay that calm. Having just recently lost his brother and then his pilot dying, leaving him alone in an unfamiliar aircraft you'd think he'd fall to pieces. But he stayed cool as a cucumber right up until the end, when only then, you could finally hear the emotion coming through as his voiced cracked. Hats off to you sir you are a true hero.

Author — Pete Skyrunner

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I was so proud of that lady that helped doug get confidence and fly that plane.

Author — C Knight

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Everyone's commenting on the hero pilot but holy crap the air traffic controller was astounding.

Author — Antonio Yuen

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"It ain't over til it's over, friend" That's how you keep calm in a stressful situation.

Author — Christer Johansson

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Whoever said "he's not gonna make it" is a damn loser.

Author — William

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Former airline pilot here and also flight instructor. Not much to say that has not already been said. I have flown 737's, King Aire and years of teaching students in small aircraft. I could sense what Doug was experiencing flying that King Aire with just a little Cessna time. It's a big change of plane under an extreme amount of pressure. My hat is off to you sir. Well done.

Author — Ron Jones

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Whenever somebodie's in a position like that and then saves the day in the end, im calling it a "niner, delta, whiskey"

Author — SteelPir8's Channel

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Pilot: <After landing, goes to airport bar.>
Bartender: "What'll you have?"
Pilot: "Nine delta whiskeys."

Author — GoodLifeMedicine

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I particularly liked the one pilot's advice: "Fly it like a single engine." --very wise

Author — marty wills

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"Sat down like a butterfly with sore feet."
God bless him.

Author — Jason Weaver

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"Im descending at 1000 feet per second"

*me who had been just listening to the video while playing a game*
"YOU WHAT"

Author — OB1KaToby

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Me: breathes a sigh of relief when the plane touches down, then remembers it's a simulator.

Author — C K