Pilot and wife use iPad to crash-land plane after electrical failure The unidentified pair, who was flying at night, had to land the small plane traveling from Wyoming to Wisconsin in South Dakota after its electrical systems failed and they were unable to contact air traffic controllers. Surprisingly, no one was injured. BY Lee Moran NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:04 AM Rapid City Fire Department A pilot and his wife used an iPad to safely land their plane after its electrical systems failed and they were left flying in the dark. A pilot and his wife used an iPad to safely land their plane after its electrical systems failed and they were left flying in the dark. The couple was traveling on the Piper PA 24-250 Comanche from Wyoming to Wisconsin on Friday when the aircraft suddenly suffered a complete malfunction, reports The Associated Press. All of the onboard computers were knocked out. And it also meant that the landing gear was unable to be dropped down. The quick-thinking duo, who could only monitor the single-engine propeller craft's airspeed and altitude, grabbed their iPad. They then used the Apple device to navigate the plane for almost 80 miles to the nearest runway at Rapid City Regional Airport, reports KOTA. And they incredibly managed to bring it down, without using the landing gear, by crash-landing onto the ground. Air traffic controllers reported seeing sparks coming from beneath the plane's fuselage as it dramatically skidded to a stop. Firefighters rushed to the aircraft and found that the couple was uninjured. An investigation has now been launched into the hair-raising incident. Rapid City Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Daly hailed the man's flying skills. "He had to be a super good pilot," he told the News Observer.