Pilot lost control after artificial arm detached

Wales Air Forum

A Flybe pilot lost control of an aircraft after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, according to an accident report.

The flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City airport in gutsy conditions on February 12.

It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the Dash 8 was not damaged.

The pilot said he would be more cautious in future about checking his attachment, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report.

Flybe said the senior captain was one of its “most experienced and trusted pilots”, and the safety of passengers and crew had not been compromised in any way.

Shortly before beginning to land the aircraft, the 46-year-old had checked that his prosthetic lower left arm was securely attached to the clamp that he used to fly the aircraft, with the latching…

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