Authorities say an 80-year-old woman who took over the controls of a small plane after her husband lost consciousness handled a difficult situation successfully by landing the Cessna in northeastern Wisconsin with help from a local pilot.
Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel said the aircraft reported trouble about 5 p.m. Monday near Sturgeon Bay. Vogel says the woman had taken the controls, but didn't know much about flying the twin-engine plane. Then one of the engines ran out of fuel.
A local pilot was sent up in another plane to determine the Cessna's speed and give landing instructions. Vogel says it took a lot to for the woman to collect her thoughts and land the plane with her unconscious husband beside her. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.