Max Sylvester, from Australia, made a distress call to air traffic control about an hour into his flight this weekend when his teacher passed out!
Operators at an airport in Perth helped him guide the aircraft to the ground.
In his emergency call, a recording of which was later made public, he describes his teacher's condition before taking instructions on flying the plane.
"I'm trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down," he said the operator.
He was asked if he knew how to operate the Cessna aircraft, he said: "This is my first lesson."
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