A pilot who fell ill at the controls leaving a passenger who had never flown an aircraft before to land the plane has died, Humberside Police said.
Emergency services gathered at Humberside Airport, north Lincolnshire, on Tuesday evening after a passenger in the light aircraft had to land it with the help of two instructors from the ground, an airport spokesman said.
A passenger who had never flown an aircraft before has been praised for making a safe emergency landing after the pilot became ill and unable to operate the controls.
Roy Murray, one of the flight instructors who helped the passenger land the plane from the ground, told the BBC the passenger had no flying experience and did a "remarkable job".
He said the passenger made quite a good landing in the circumstances, considering he had never flown a plane before and was "flying blind".
Mr Murray said: "It's a fantastic feeling, knowing I have achieved something and probably saved somebody's life.
"I think without any sort of talk-down he would have just gone into the ground and that would have been the end of it."
A plane passenger who made an emergency landing after the pilot became ill and was unable to operate the controls "sustained no injuries", police said.
Humberside Airport said the "major emergency" caused when a pilot fell ill at the controls of an aircraft has been "successfully dealt with":
The passenger who landed the plane has gone home. Both men involved were "middle aged" according to airport spokespeople. The condition of the pilot who took ill is not yet known.
The plane which was landed by a passenger at Humberside Airport took off from Sandtoft Airfield near Doncaster this morning and was heading back there this evening when the distress signal was made.
Humberside Airport have described the situation this evening as a "major emergency." They say "all emergency services were on scene."
Humberside Airport have told Calendar the airport is due to open in the next twenty minutes. The passenger who landed the plane "has gone home," we have been told.