After both pilots lost consciousness, a Florida man reportedly utilized a well-known chatbot programme to safely land an aircraft.
The incident allegedly occurred on a Florida Skyways Boeing 737 during a flight on April 1, 2023, from San Juan Airport (SJU) to Tampa International Airport (TPA).
The pilot reported to flight control that he felt lightheaded as he approached TPA and that the first officer had collapsed. Shortly after, the crew stopped responding to flight control and screamed emergency code 7700. The aircraft had a severe loss of altitude, which was followed by a swift recovery and stabilisation at a height of only 300 feet (91 metres) above the Gulf of Mexico, according to tracking data.
Florida man uses ChatGPT to land an airplane, saves family – AeroTime https://t.co/cOm8qeN5jP
— ✈Monica-مونيكا✈️ (@vargasmoni) April 1, 2023
The ChatGPT program on his phone allowed John Williams, 45, who was returning from a holiday in Puerto Rico with his wife and two children, to enter the cockpit and take control of the plummeting aircraft.
Williams is reported in the story as stating, “I snatched out the iPad and roared, “Tell me how to fly a plane.” The software begins by outlining which switches to pull and knobs to turn, and before you know it, I’m flying the damn thing. Williams continued.
Artificial intelligence, which is being hailed by some as a potential remedy for pilot shortages and safety issues in the aviation sector. Doors that are usually locked during flights to prevent illegal entry to the cockpit.
The story, however, is a hoax for April 1st Fools’ Day joke. The GVN Florida article claimed that John Williams used the ChatGPT software to take control of the falling plane, however, Floridian Skyways later revealed that the claim was false.