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    80-year-old woman with almost no flying experience lands plane that is out of fuel after her husband dies at the controls

    Helen Collins knew her 81-year-old husband slumped next to her in the small Cessna was dead.

    She also knew the plane was fast running out of fuel, and even someone who knew how to fly would be in trouble. She last flew 30 years ago, a few take-offs and landings at her husband's urging just in case she ever had to take the controls.

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    "What do you mean by close the road?" Collins asked.

    "I'm talking to the people on the ground, Helen."

    "Don't you have faith in me?" Collins asked.

    "I do, I don't trust the drivers on the road," Vuksanovic shot back.
    She came in on one engine, there's not a lot of pilots that could land a plane on one engine," Collins' son Jim said. "She did it. . .She held it straight down the runway, she held the rudder and kept the plane going straight down."
    More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,3916188.story

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    Wow. Amazing that she was able to recall the little amount of training she had from 30 ears prior. I'm also amazed that in the wake of her husband suffering a heartattack & passing away at the controls, she was still able to keep it together long enough to muster up some humor & land the aircraft.
    I'm glad she made it through this ordeal unharmed.
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    Not only did she land, she did so in an asymmetrical twin plane. Impressive.
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    And all this with her deceased husband sitting beside her.
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