An amateur pilot guided to the ground by the RAF after suffering a stroke and going blind at 15,000 feet today met the man who helped him land safely.
Jim O’Neill, 65, of Marks Tey, Essex, made a mayday call on October 31 last year while flying a Cessna over North Yorkshire on a solo flight from Glasgow to Colchester, Essex.
RAF controllers scrambled a jet, whose crew guided Mr O’Neill down to nearby RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
Today Mr O’Neill was flown back to the RAF base to meet Wing Commander Paul Gerrard, who flew alongside the Cessna in a Tucano T1 turboprop and helped guide the plane down by giving instructions over the radio.
In an emotional reunion on the runway, Mr O’Neill thanked Mr Gerrard and said: “Today is very special because it’s the first time I’ve met Paul, the first time I’ve seen him really.
“I owe him a great deal of gratitude.”