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Pilot's Artificial Arm Detaches as He Lands Plane Safely

By    |   Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 03:17 PM

A British pilot’s artificial arm accidentally detached from the control yoke as he landed an airplane, causing him to momentarily lose control of the aircraft before he landed safely, an accident investigation report of the February incident said.

The British Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the scare occurred Feb. 12, 2014, on a flight landing at the Belfast City Airport carrying 47 passengers and four crew members.

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The pilot, who was not identified, was landing a flight originating from Birmingham at the Belfast airport, which was experiencing strong winds. The airline operating the flight was Flybe UK, The Associated Press said.

“Before the approach, the commander checked that his prosthetic lower left arm was securely attached to the yoke clamp which he used to fly the aircraft, with the latching device in place,” the report said. But as he maneuvered the plane in for a manual landing, the prosthetic limb became detached from the yoke.

“He made a rapid assessment of the situation and considered alerting the co-pilot and instructing him to take control. However, because the co-pilot would have had little time to assimilate the information necessary to take over in the challenging conditions, the commander concluded that his best course of action was to move his right hand from the power levers onto the yoke to regain control,” the report said.

Although the pilot regained control quickly, the aircraft landed with a “normal touchdown” followed by a bounce from which the aircraft landed heavily, the report said, adding that a wind gust may have exacerbated the situation.

Flybe’s director of flight operations and safety, Captain Ian Baston, told AP the pilot was experienced and trusted by the airlines.

In a Safety Action section of the report, AAIB said the commander would “be more cautious about checking the attachment on his prosthesis, as his check may have dislodged the latching mechanism; that he would brief his co-pilots about the possibility of a similar event; and that they should be ready to take control at any time.”

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A British pilot's artificial arm accidentally detached from the control yoke as he landed an airplane, causing him to momentarily lose control of the aircraft before he landed safely, an accident investigation report of the February incident said.
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