Texas Controller Guides Small Plane To Safe Landing

COLLEGE STATION (March 10, 2014) Houston flight controller Stewart Pearcy guided a North Texas flying instructor and his student pilot through the clouds to a safe landing after an instrument malfunction.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the instructor and his student took off Sunday morning in a single-engine plane from an airport in Addison on a training flight to College Station.

Once in the air, the instructor discovered the attitude indicator, a gyroscope needed when landing through clouds and bad weather, wasn't working.

Pearcy talked the instructor through the landing.

Pearcy says he had the instructor fly 30 miles away from the airport and come in on a straight path through the clouds, guided in by a beacon that is part of an airport's landing system.

The plane landed safely.

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