Pilot's artificial arm detaches while landing

London - A British air accident report has recounted how a pilot briefly lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached from the control yoke during landing.

The report, published on Thursday, said the incident took place as the Flybe flight from Birmingham, carrying 47 passengers, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions in February.

The 46-year-old pilot had shortly before checked that his prosthetic lower left arm was securely attached to the yoke clamp, but as he performed a manoeuvre just before touchdown the limb became detached.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the pilot considered getting the co-pilot to take control, but concluded that the best thing to do was to move his right hand to the yoke to regain control.

"He did this, but with power still applied and possibly a gust affecting the aircraft, a normal touchdown was followed by a bounce, from which the aircraft landed heavily," the report said.

No one was hurt. According to the report, the pilot said he would be more cautious about checking the attachment on his prosthesis in the future, and that he would brief his co-pilots about the possibility of a similar event.

Flybe said the pilot remained one of the airline's most experienced and trusted pilots. Captain Ian Baston, director of flight operations and safety, said the company employs staff with "reduced physical abilities", including pilots.

He said the airline ensures it adheres to Civil Aviation Authority requirements and never compromises on safety.

Motofogo Mulilo 2014/08/14 07:47:24 PM
Did l hear someone say only in Africa. Hahahaha.
Liz Fivaz 2014/08/14 08:07:15 PM
Let's hope it's just an artificial arm that he has ....
anton.claassen.3 2014/08/14 08:34:28 PM
You got to hand it him though....
MeThinks 2014/08/14 09:01:24 PM
Had a good chuckle over this, good that nothing bad happened!
Gerry Klos 2014/08/15 06:35:33 AM
Make sure you don't fly Flybe because this Flight may be you last one.
Gerry Klos 2014/08/15 06:35:33 AM
Make sure you don't fly Flybe because this Flight may be you last one.
Gavin Potter 2014/08/15 07:20:25 AM
Ferdie Marais 2014/08/15 07:31:28 AM
Well done for employing professionals with disabilities, I still would like to know before I board a plane that my pilot has an artificial arm please.