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Channel 4 commissions Arrow’s “Mayday” doc

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed A Plane (pictured), an Arrow Media-produced doc telling the story of an inexperienced flyer forced to navigate a plane to safety.
March 13, 2014

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed A Plane (pictured), an Arrow Media-produced doc telling the story of an inexperienced flyer forced to navigate a plane to safety.

The one-hour special details the experience of pensioner John Wildey who, in October 2013, was forced to fly a single-engine plane when his pilot collapsed on their trip home from an event in Lincolnshire, England. After feeling unwell, the pilot was unconscious in his seat 10 minutes later and inexperienced flyer Wildey was alone 1,500 ft. in the air, with only transmissions from air traffic control to help him land the plane.

“Often real-life events provide more compelling content than fiction, and this is certainly true of the story behind Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane,” said John Smithson, joint creative director of Arrow, in a statement. “Through use of interviews as well as exclusive access to the RAF tapes of the talk-down and footage that re-enacts the actual flight, documenting events as they happened, Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane conveys the unbelievable courage of one man and tells his story with the gravitas and respect that it deserves.”

The doc was commissioned by Channel 4′s Tom Porter and is exec produced by Smithson.

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