Teenager to rescue as pilot passes out

A teenager has described how he took the controls of a light aircraft for more than half an hour after the pilot passed out during a joy flight over rural Australia.

Troy Jenkins, 19, said the single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the New South Wales state farming town of Forbes on Saturday afternoon when the pilot Derek Neville, 61, lost consciousness.

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Jenkins said he had taken the controls before while flying with Neville, a family friend. Jenkins flew circles around Forbes airport at 2,000ft for around 45 minutes before the pilot came to.

“Keeping it up wasn’t a problem, it was the landing part I wasn’t sure of,” Jenkins said. “I was pretty scared. I thought I had to save myself and him. It was quite an experience.”