Flybe pilot loses arm as he lands plane

Flybe pilot loses arm as he lands plane

Flybe pilot loses arm as he lands plane

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A captain lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The detachment, on a Flybe flight from Birmingham, came as the Dash 8 aircraft, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions.

Flybe is the largest airline operating out of Southampton Airport.

Shortly before, the 46-year-old pilot had 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 Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said the captain had disconnected the autopilot and was flying the aircraft manually.

It said that as he made the flare manoeuvre - a stage of the landing shortly before touchdown - ''his prosthetic limb became detached from the yoke clamp, depriving him of control of the aircraft''.

The captain considered getting the co-pilot to take control but concluded that, given the time available and the challenging conditions, his best course of action was to move his right hand from the power levers on to the yoke to regain control.

The report went on: ''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.''

No-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged in the incident on the evening of February 12 this year.

The AAIB reported that the captain had said that in future he would be more cautious about checking the attachment on his prosthesis as he may have dislodged the latching mechanism.

Also, he said 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.

Captain Ian Baston, Flybe director of flight operations and safety, said the company was proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

''This, in common with most airlines, means we do employ staff with reduced physical abilities. Where appropriate, and in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requirements, this does include pilots.

''The senior captain referred to in this report is one of Flybe's most experienced and trusted pilots. The airline confirms that at no time was the safety of its passengers or crew compromised in any way, nor was the aircraft damaged.

''Following the incident, Flybe immediately undertook a detailed internal investigation from which it determined a series of additional fail-safe safety checks. These were rigorously tested and instigated immediately to ensure that this type of incident could not happen again.

''The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority. This means that Flybe not only adheres to the CAA's strict requirements relating to the employment of staff with a reduced physical ability, but exceeds them to ensure that safety is never compromised.

''Flybe understands that the AAIB is to review this report to more clearly contextualise certain issues referred to in its findings.''

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7:03am Thu 14 Aug 14

Shareholder says...

That's anEmbraer ERJ-170, not a Dash 8!
That's anEmbraer ERJ-170, not a Dash 8! Shareholder
  • Score: -4

8:07am Thu 14 Aug 14

Norwegian Saint says...

I guess no arm was done
I guess no arm was done Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 9

8:42am Thu 14 Aug 14

Linesman says...

An armless mistake.
An armless mistake. Linesman
  • Score: 5

10:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

joiner123 says...

At least he wasn't completely legless.
At least he wasn't completely legless. joiner123
  • Score: 7

10:06am Thu 14 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

The headline is a bit misleading, i thought he lost his fleshly arm. Lol.
The headline is a bit misleading, i thought he lost his fleshly arm. Lol. excusemoi
  • Score: 7

10:16am Thu 14 Aug 14

Quentin Heslop says...

excusemoi wrote:
The headline is a bit misleading, i thought he lost his fleshly arm. Lol.
If you read the report, the headline is totally misleading. He did not lose his arm; his prosthetic hand lost grip from the controls.
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: The headline is a bit misleading, i thought he lost his fleshly arm. Lol.[/p][/quote]If you read the report, the headline is totally misleading. He did not lose his arm; his prosthetic hand lost grip from the controls. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 7

10:18am Thu 14 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

Dude deserves credit! He's already a one armed pilot now when his fake one came off he still landed the plane!
Dude deserves credit! He's already a one armed pilot now when his fake one came off he still landed the plane! camerajuan
  • Score: 18

11:20am Thu 14 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

They say he has been flying these planes single handedly for years ...
They say he has been flying these planes single handedly for years ... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 22

12:48pm Thu 14 Aug 14

sass says...

What's next, blind pilots? Maybe he should be the co-pilot, not the Captain.
What's next, blind pilots? Maybe he should be the co-pilot, not the Captain. sass
  • Score: -18

1:29pm Thu 14 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

Good job it wasn't a Ryanair flight,the cabin staff might have tried to charge passengers for a stunt flying experience.....
Good job it wasn't a Ryanair flight,the cabin staff might have tried to charge passengers for a stunt flying experience..... burgerboy
  • Score: 12

2:12pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Tallship says...

sass wrote:
What's next, blind pilots? Maybe he should be the co-pilot, not the Captain.
What a stupid comment.

This pilot is clearly fully qualified to fly the plane. Something obviously went wrong this his prosthesis. But I'm sure nobody was in any danger.
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: What's next, blind pilots? Maybe he should be the co-pilot, not the Captain.[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment. This pilot is clearly fully qualified to fly the plane. Something obviously went wrong this his prosthesis. But I'm sure nobody was in any danger. Tallship
  • Score: -3

2:43pm Thu 14 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Alternative reports suggest he was playing cards at the time and threw his hand.
Alternative reports suggest he was playing cards at the time and threw his hand. forest hump
  • Score: 7

2:43pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Pikey Pete says...

If the plane and its passengers were at no risk...Why was it landed at a higher speed and with a big bump!!! Obviously not what the plane was designed for.

I agree with sass. Perhaps he should be in the passenger seat supervising and not in control.

I would not be happy to know a plane designed to flown and piloted by an able bodied person was actually being flown by someone disabled.

If it was a private plane fair enough. But not OK with the public onboard.
If the plane and its passengers were at no risk...Why was it landed at a higher speed and with a big bump!!! Obviously not what the plane was designed for. I agree with sass. Perhaps he should be in the passenger seat supervising and not in control. I would not be happy to know a plane designed to flown and piloted by an able bodied person was actually being flown by someone disabled. If it was a private plane fair enough. But not OK with the public onboard. Pikey Pete
  • Score: -3

4:26pm Thu 14 Aug 14

__KTF__ says...

First of all the plane is designed to handle landing at a higher speed otherwise it would not have landed.

Second, there is no 'passenger seat'. Both pilots have the same training to fly the aircraft. In this case the Captain was in control but it could easily have been the First Officer.

Thirdly, the aircraft is designed to be flown/piloted by someone who has received the correct training for that aircraft type and has been signed off as qualified to do so. How many arms or legs they have is a non issue.
First of all the plane is designed to handle landing at a higher speed otherwise it would not have landed. Second, there is no 'passenger seat'. Both pilots have the same training to fly the aircraft. In this case the Captain was in control but it could easily have been the First Officer. Thirdly, the aircraft is designed to be flown/piloted by someone who has received the correct training for that aircraft type and has been signed off as qualified to do so. How many arms or legs they have is a non issue. __KTF__
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Thu 14 Aug 14

forest hump says...

__KTF__ wrote:
First of all the plane is designed to handle landing at a higher speed otherwise it would not have landed.

Second, there is no 'passenger seat'. Both pilots have the same training to fly the aircraft. In this case the Captain was in control but it could easily have been the First Officer.

Thirdly, the aircraft is designed to be flown/piloted by someone who has received the correct training for that aircraft type and has been signed off as qualified to do so. How many arms or legs they have is a non issue.
Good comment
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: First of all the plane is designed to handle landing at a higher speed otherwise it would not have landed. Second, there is no 'passenger seat'. Both pilots have the same training to fly the aircraft. In this case the Captain was in control but it could easily have been the First Officer. Thirdly, the aircraft is designed to be flown/piloted by someone who has received the correct training for that aircraft type and has been signed off as qualified to do so. How many arms or legs they have is a non issue.[/p][/quote]Good comment forest hump
  • Score: 1

5:45pm Thu 14 Aug 14

good-gosh says...

But how did he close the throttles after touchdown - while continuing to steer the plane down the runway to taxiing speed, then park?
But how did he close the throttles after touchdown - while continuing to steer the plane down the runway to taxiing speed, then park? good-gosh
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Thu 14 Aug 14

__KTF__ says...

good-gosh wrote:
But how did he close the throttles after touchdown - while continuing to steer the plane down the runway to taxiing speed, then park?
I know its a wild guess but I would be putting my money on the First Officer.
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: But how did he close the throttles after touchdown - while continuing to steer the plane down the runway to taxiing speed, then park?[/p][/quote]I know its a wild guess but I would be putting my money on the First Officer. __KTF__
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Safe hands.
Safe hands. Stubs
  • Score: 0

11:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

**** Pete wrote:
If the plane and its passengers were at no risk...Why was it landed at a higher speed and with a big bump!!! Obviously not what the plane was designed for.

I agree with sass. Perhaps he should be in the passenger seat supervising and not in control.

I would not be happy to know a plane designed to flown and piloted by an able bodied person was actually being flown by someone disabled.

If it was a private plane fair enough. But not OK with the public onboard.
Would you be unhappy to be driven in a car by someone who is disabled and had a prosthesis?
[quote][p][bold]**** Pete[/bold] wrote: If the plane and its passengers were at no risk...Why was it landed at a higher speed and with a big bump!!! Obviously not what the plane was designed for. I agree with sass. Perhaps he should be in the passenger seat supervising and not in control. I would not be happy to know a plane designed to flown and piloted by an able bodied person was actually being flown by someone disabled. If it was a private plane fair enough. But not OK with the public onboard.[/p][/quote]Would you be unhappy to be driven in a car by someone who is disabled and had a prosthesis? BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

forest hump wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
First of all the plane is designed to handle landing at a higher speed otherwise it would not have landed.

Second, there is no 'passenger seat'. Both pilots have the same training to fly the aircraft. In this case the Captain was in control but it could easily have been the First Officer.

Thirdly, the aircraft is designed to be flown/piloted by someone who has received the correct training for that aircraft type and has been signed off as qualified to do so. How many arms or legs they have is a non issue.
Good comment
No its not..in this instance,it absolutely was an issue,and could easily have ended in disaster. If something can happen,it will,and in this case it did.
Normally after any accident investigation,lesson
s are learnt,and things changed so that they can never happen again.The pilots assurances that he will take steps to make sure that it doesn't happen again,are far from satisfactory,if in the event of his failure to do so,the safety of passengers is compromised.. equal opportunities or not.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: First of all the plane is designed to handle landing at a higher speed otherwise it would not have landed. Second, there is no 'passenger seat'. Both pilots have the same training to fly the aircraft. In this case the Captain was in control but it could easily have been the First Officer. Thirdly, the aircraft is designed to be flown/piloted by someone who has received the correct training for that aircraft type and has been signed off as qualified to do so. How many arms or legs they have is a non issue.[/p][/quote]Good comment[/p][/quote]No its not..in this instance,it absolutely was an issue,and could easily have ended in disaster. If something can happen,it will,and in this case it did. Normally after any accident investigation,lesson s are learnt,and things changed so that they can never happen again.The pilots assurances that he will take steps to make sure that it doesn't happen again,are far from satisfactory,if in the event of his failure to do so,the safety of passengers is compromised.. equal opportunities or not. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Quentin Heslop wrote:
excusemoi wrote:
The headline is a bit misleading, i thought he lost his fleshly arm. Lol.
If you read the report, the headline is totally misleading. He did not lose his arm; his prosthetic hand lost grip from the controls.
Yes,another naughty Echo misleading headline,similar to when they headline about "armed" situations,which then turn out to be involves knives,and not firearms as the headlines are intended to lead the reader to believe.
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: The headline is a bit misleading, i thought he lost his fleshly arm. Lol.[/p][/quote]If you read the report, the headline is totally misleading. He did not lose his arm; his prosthetic hand lost grip from the controls.[/p][/quote]Yes,another naughty Echo misleading headline,similar to when they headline about "armed" situations,which then turn out to be involves knives,and not firearms as the headlines are intended to lead the reader to believe. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

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