Day John took plane controls

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South Yorkshire man John Wildey had never flown a plane – until a pal collapsed in the cockpit forcing him to take control.

The story of how the 77-year-old complete novice, from Rossington, Doncaster, managed to fly solo and, against all the odds, land the aircraft is being told in a Channel 4 documentary tonight.

It brings together the team who helped talk him down safely in October last year, and includes recordings of his conversations with the people in the control tower, including instructor Roy Murray.


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