Blind pilot brought safely down to land by RAF

Pilot Jim O’Neill, 65 suffered a stroke at 5,500ft (1,676m) and lost his sight while flying a two-seater Cessna aircraft from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Colchester, Essex last week.

An aircraft was made available to guide him in to land from the RAF base at Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire.

Wing Cdr Paul Gerrard, chief flying instructor, flew his Tucano T1 about 50m next to the Cessna to bring O’Neill safely down.

Listen to the audio where you can hear the calm in Wg Cdr Gerrard’s voice despite stressful circumstances.


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