A British Pilot's Artificial Arm Came Off, Almost Caused Crash Landing

The pilot of a Flybe flight from Birmingham to Belfast City Airport managed to get himself in a bit of a mess last year—when his artificial arm somehow came off during a landing.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch report into the incident, just now issued, makes for bizarre reading. It explains that the man's "...prosthetic limb became detached from the yoke clamp, depriving him of control of the aircraft."


To maintain control during the rather important landing part of the trip, the pilot took his real arm off the throttles to hold the yoke. "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," the report explains.

Id' give my left arm not to be on that flight. (Sorry.) [Sky]

Image credit: False arm from Shutterstock


This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.

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