Pilot's Artificial Arm Detached While Landing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- A British air accident report has recounted how a pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached during landing.

The report says 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 maneuver just before touchdown the limb became detached.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said Thursday he then moved his right hand to the yoke to regain control. Winds caused the plane to land heavily with a bounce.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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