ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ With his plane 250 feet off the ground and approaching a landing Friday, a pilot suffered a fatal heart attack, and his wife landed the craft with help from the tower and two pilots in another plane.

''I think it's remarkable the composure she maintained, considering the situation she was in,'' Albuquerque International Airport tower manager Jim Haire said of Nance Eves.

Her husband, Charles Emmett Eves, 63, was pronounced dead on arrival at Lovelace Medical Center, said Bill Hay, the hospital's vice president for community relations.

But Mrs. Eves, 54, ''is in great shape,'' Hay said, despite a bounce and a skid when she landed the old Globe Swift GC-1B.

Alfred Jaramillo, an air traffic controller, noticed the craft was veering off course four or five miles out from its assigned runway, and contacted the airplane, Haire said.

''A female voice came over the radio and said the pilot was out and she didn't know how to fly the plane,'' Haire said. ''The Swift is an old plane, and we didn't know much about the throttle and controls.''

''We had the airplane make gradual turns ... and got the airspeed up to where she could fly safely at about 1,200 or 1,500 feet,'' Haire said.

With the airplane over a relatively unpopulated area, the tower tried to find pilots who might be familiar with a Swift.

''They were able to contact Cutter Flying Service, which sent up a Beechcraft Bonanza with two pilots aboard,'' said Mitch Barker, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth, Texas.

Chuck Leonard, 53, and Bob Bennett, 56, both former military pilots qualified to fly in formation, got the call. Five minutes later, they were flying their single-engine craft alongside the Swift.

Adding to complications, radio contact between the two airplanes was garbled, said Leonard, chief pilot and vice president of operations for the flying service.

''We were so close. We couldn't understand her,'' said Leonard, who was flying the Bonanza while Bennett, a charter pilot, was coaching Mrs. Eves.

''We had her climb back up and turn north. We got on her wing and had her put her landing gear down. She knew where things were in the airplane. We've never been in a Swift,'' Leonard said.

Mrs. Eves was in the passenger's seat, where ''there were no brakes,'' he said.

The Bonanza ''swapped back and forth'' from the Swift's left wing to its right wing, coaxing Mrs. Eves to the east-west runway, Leonard said.

Mrs. Eves landed the Swift on a runway 13,375 feet long and 300 feet wide, Barker said.

''The plane bounced on landing and ground-looped, which is kind of like a skid in an automobile,'' he said, adding that the landing gear was damaged.

''There was outstanding cooperation by the two pilots,'' Haire said. ''Without them, it couldn't have been done.''