Pilot's prosthetic arm detaches while landing passenger plane
Britain's Air Accident Investigation Branch is currently addressing an incident at the Belfast City Airport when a pilot's prosthetic arm detached during landing and potentially risked the safety of 47 passengers and four crew members on board the aircraft operated by airline Flybe.
It was a "rough landing" details CNN. "As [the pilot] made the flare maneuver [where the nose of the plane is raised] ... his prosthetic limb became detached from the yoke clamp, depriving him of control of the aircraft," the official report states.
According to CNN, "He made a rapid assessment of the situation and considered alerting the co-pilot and instructing him to take control," the report further details. However, with time not on their side during the February ordeal, which has just come to light, the unidentified 46-year-old pilot decided to land one-handed. "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."
Flybe, UK's low cost airline, has since tested the crew to make sure this incident won't happen again. The co-pilots have also been prepared in case a similar event should ever occur unexpectedly.