Young pilot praised for safely landing a plane while 'under attack' from passenger A young pilot who made an emergency landing in central NSW after an elderly passenger tried to cut the light plane's engine has been praised for his quick thinking. Police are investigating the mid-air drama after the 23-year-old was forced to land the single-engine plane in a paddock near Oberon at 3pm yesterday. The 82-year-old passenger reportedly flicked a lever to shut down the engines of the four-seater aircraft and seized the controls during the charter flight. The pilot wrestled with the man in the cockpit and restrained him, then sent out a distress call before making the emergency landing. The elderly man had booked the flight with Australia By Air from Sydney to Cowra, with the plane departing Bankstown Airport about 2pm yesterday. The pilot's efforts left the elderly man with head and facial injuries. Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/20...assenger-to-be-questioned#CGwH4Z3DpklBHhxc.99 Lucky this old guy didn't kill them all.