Miracles do happen in present time also. Almost same happened when a passenger had to be in role of pilot when the original pilot died during the flight. The 2 engine plane King Air was routed to Mississippi when such drama happened.
The passenger, Doug White led the destination with the support of air traffic controllers. This plane was carrying his family members too. The plane landed soe 30 min after in Florida.
Mr White, 56, had a pilot’s license, but had only recently resumed flying and had no experience with a King Air. He had spent about 150 hours piloting a single-engine Cessna 172, but no experience with King Air, which is larger and faster.
Autopilot options could not be used as it was configured for landing in Mississippi.