The pilot of a light aircraft who became incapacitated while flying back to Sandtoft airfield during the evening of Tuesday 8 October, resulting in an emergency landing at Humberside Airport, was sadly pronounced dead last night.
Police were called to Humberside Airport as part of a joint emergency services response to a distress call from a light aircraft at around 6.20pm.
The pilot made a distress call shortly before becoming incapacitated and unable to fly the aircraft at which point the passenger, who had no flying experience, took over the controls.
The aircraft was diverted in to Humberside airport and the passenger was guided in for a bumpy but safe landing.
A police spokesperson said that the passenger wasn’t injured during the landing. The condition of the pilot is not known at this time.
An initial investigation is underway to determine what lead to the pilot becoming unable to fly the aircraft however further details are not available at this time.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious and as such a file will be prepared for the coroner in order to establish what led to the death of the pilot by way of an inquest.
Formal ID of the pilot is likely to take place later today.