A friend of the passenger who landed a plane after the pilot was taken ill said he was "nothing short of a hero".
Richard Tomlinson, who was also a friend of the pilot, told BBC Radio Sheffield, "For somebody who is not a pilot but has been around airfields and been a passenger on several occasions to take control is nothing short of phenomenal."
Mr Tomlinson said the man who died was a very experienced pilot.
He continued: "Only this week I was sat having a cup of tea and airfield banter [with both men].
"They were both very funny gentlemen to have a conversation with. "It is very, very sad news."
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