British Air Pilot Briefly Loses Control of Plane


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 incident took place as the Flybe flight from Birmingham, England, 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. He quickly switched to his right hand and managed to land safely.

ABC’s Tom Rivers joined us from London with details.

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