Flight conditions were ideal as the Cessna twin-engine plane flew through the clouds above Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
There was a very mild breeze, sunshine and clear skies, but inside the cockpit was another story, authorities said.
The small plane’s pilot, 81-year-old John Collins had fallen unconscious, leaving his wife, Helen Collins, 80, to take the controls Monday evening, Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel told The Times.
At 5 p.m. authorities were dispatched to clear the streets as she prepared to land, Vogel said. Collins had received some flight training but is not a licensed pilot and was unfamiliar with the Cessna.
Robert Vuksanovic and his wife, Catherine, both licensed pilots, were called in to help the elderly woman to safety, Robert taking to the skies to shadow Collins' flight and Catherine communicating with Collins from the ground via radio, helping her manipulate the controls. The plane Robert flew, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was also owned by John Collins.