A tight situation ensues after a man takes control during a school promotional flight


Investigators said there was no intentional intent to crash the plane, which landed safely at Norwood Airport.

A light aircraft made an emergency landing in Norwood on Friday morning, officials said, after a passenger took over controls mid-flight.

Norwood Police said the pilot landed the Cessna 172 at Norwood Memorial Airport “out of great caution” after a 60-year-old man grabbed the control yoke and “attempted to move it.” Police described the passenger as having a developmental disability who was on a promotional flight with his sister.

Investigators said there was no intentional intent to bring down the plane.

“The pilot, an experienced flight instructor, was able to maintain control of the plane [and] maintained contact with air traffic controllers,” Norwood Police said in a press release.

The Cessna landed safely at 11:45 a.m. There were no injuries and the plane was not damaged, the statement said.

A criminal complaint is not to be expected. However, according to officials, the incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and the MassDOT as usual.

The flight was part of a special promotion by Horizon Aviation, a flight school operating out of Norwood and TF Green Airports in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Tom Vazquez

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