The father-to-be was returning home from a fishing trip in the Bahamas as a passenger on a 9-seat Cessna, when the pilot suddenly slumped over the controls and the plane went into a nosedive.

A Florida man who made headlines after taking control of a small plane and successfully landing it when his pilot blacked out has been identified.

Darren Harrison, 39, of Lakeland, is the vice president of an interior decorating company. He and his wife are also expecting a new baby.

Harrison was returning home from a fishing trip in the Bahamas as a passenger on a 9-seat Cessna, when the pilot suddenly slumped over the controls and the plane went into a nosedive.

Harrison knew he had to act fast. His friend was on the plane with him, but it was Harrison who rushed to the cockpit, grabbed the controls and got the plane level. He tried to communicate with the control tower, but had trouble plugging in the headphones.

“I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane,” Harrison said over the radio.

Air traffic control gave Harrison an urgent flying lesson.


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