OAHU, Hawaii — A woman on her first helicopter ride had to take the controls of the aircraft Monday when the pilot blacked out during the tour.
"At first I thought he was playing a bad trick on us, and when I realized he wasn't waking up, I didn't know what to do," McConaughy told WGN.
She grabbed the controls and pulled up, slowing their free fall, before crashing onto a sandbar.
Barnett and McConaughy helped pull out the pilot, who was taken to a hospital. It is unclear why he lost consciousness, WGN reported. The crash is under investigation.
Barnett and McConaughy are recovering in Joliett, Illinois, from bruises and broken bones they suffered.
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