FAA guides small plane through storm into Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane is safely on the ground after relying on air traffic controllers to guide him to Austin’s international airport through severe weather.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that the controllers’ quick thinking helped guide the pilot through a dangerous situation as much of Texas was hit by thunderstorms and heavy winds.

Matt Cartwright said he was flying from New Orleans toward the Austin area when he notified controllers just before 12 p.m. that he could not see a landing point.

Controllers eventually talked the pilot through directions and turns to guide him to the much larger Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Other arrivals were held up for 30 minutes as the pilot made his way to the runway.

No one was hurt

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