At 3 a.m. on October 19 a pilot of a small plane lost all electrical power. Air Traffic Control lost contact.
After 15 minutes, the Dallas Love Field control tower received a call from 911. The pilot called from a disconnected cell phone.
The controllers had no way to call him back.
A few minutes later, 911 called again.
“I have him on the line,” the 911 operator said.
“Please connect him,” Martin said.
“Hello?” the pilot said.
“Can you hear me?” Martin asked.
“Barely,” the pilot answered.
But they could communicate.
The controller asked, “Do you have your gear down?”
The answer from the pilot was not reassuring.
“I have no indication.”
…Step by step, Martin guided him in over the phone while Valadez worked the radio, coordinating emergency crews and keeping other planes off the runway.
The pilot’s landing gear was down. But he had to land without engine power…