So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.A pilot who suffered a stroke at the controls of his light plane found himself totally blind at 15,000ft.
Air traffic controllers attempted to guide him to the nearest airfield, Full Sutton, near York.Radar controller Sergeant Richard Eggleton: He was part of the team that guided Jim back to safety He flew within 300ft of the Cessna and guided it down.It landed at high speed, bounced twice and stopped at the very end of the runway.'I should not be alive,' said Mr O'Neill, from Marks Tey, near Colchester, Essex.'I owe my life - and those of dozens of people I could have crash-landed on - tothe RAF. I was helpless at the controls.' The astonishing drama happened as Mr O'Neill headed for Earls Colne airbase in Colchester after taking off from Glasgow Prestwick airport following a holiday in Scotland.'He just kept apologising for not being able to land.He kept saying he couldn't see the airfield but I didn't realise he was blind.Having established radio contact Mr O'Neill was ordered to turn left and right, go lower or straighten up.He was guided the 15 miles to RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire and after three failed attempts he touched down.'He came in but missed the runway, even though we are on a massive airfield.'We then realised he couldn't see the runway and clearly the problem was getting bigger and bigger.' Wing Commander Paul Gerrard, 42, a former Tornado display pilot, was then contacted in the Tucano.