Date
24 October 2017
The pilot was flying a Piper Comanche similar to this one when its electrical systems failed. Photo: Wikipedia
The pilot was flying a Piper Comanche similar to this one when its electrical systems failed. Photo: Wikipedia

Pilot uses iPad to land plane after flight systems fail

A pilot and his wife navigated and landed a plane using Apple iPads after the aircraft’s electrical systems failed, the International Business Times reported.

They used information from the tablets to fly the single-engined Piper PA-24-250 Comanche about 130 kilometers in the dark and land it safely although the airspeed and altitude indicators were the only cockpit instruments still functioning.

The couple, who have not been named, were unable to alert air traffic control at the Rapid City, Wisconsin, airport of their approach to the airport and landed on a little-used runway for smaller aircraft.

Officials said sparks were shooting from the fuselage as the plane landed on its belly, because its landing gear failing to deploy, AP reported.

The couple were unharmed.

Officials have begun an investigation.

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