80-Year-Old Woman Lands Plane After Her Pilot Husband Dies in Mid-Air (VIDEO)


An 80-year-old woman from Wisconsin is a true testament to just how powerful our innate survival skills can be, to say the least. Get this one -- she managed to fly and land a twin engine plane with no flight training, which is amazing enough in itself. But her story is even more incredible because of the circumstances that put the cockpit controls in her hands in the first place.

Her 81-year-old husband was originally flying the plane, when he suddenly fell unconscious and died in mid-air! Talk about complete and total panic -- for a whole host of reasons!


Can you even imagine the dilemma she faced up there? Good grief. No one should ever have to choose between trying to revive their spouse and saving their own life. But I guess that's why we have those built-in survival instincts in the first place. Something has to kick in and take over when we are faced with life and death situations.

As concerned and scared as this woman must have been about her husband's condition, it's amazing that she was able to muster up the courage to radio for help and actually attempt to fly the plane herself. She had to have known that if she didn't compose herself and take control of the situation, then her life was going to be put in serious jeopardy.

She was able to contact an airport on the radio, and they sent up a pilot in a second plane to help coach her through the landing. And somehow with the help of this man, she was able to successfully put the plane on the ground even though it was running out of fuel, and her husband was lying dead beside her. 

This is such a sad story no matter how you look at it, but it's pretty impossible not to be pretty inspired by this woman's amazing strength and will to live. I'm sure her husband would be incredibly proud of her.

You can hear more about her ordeal in the video clip below.


Have you ever been faced with a situation where your survival instinct took over?


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