Flight Attendant Helps Land Plane 'Where are the brakes?' she asks pilot By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Jun 17, 2010 1:50 AM CDT 5 comments Comments A flight attendant helped land an Armerican Airlines jet from San Francisco to Chicago after the co-pilot fell ill. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Pos) (Newser) – A flight attendant who stepped in for a sick co-pilot helped land a 225-passenger American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Chicago yesterday. Granted, it was not an "ordinary workday," but Patti DeLuna, 61, played down the heroics of her feat. "I was just trying to be part of the team," she tells CNN. DeLuna has a commercial pilot's license, but has only flown small Cessna planes, and had to ask the pilot "where are the brakes?" she explained. "The view is much better" from the cockpit, she concluded. The plane landed safely.