Passengers have rough landing after pilot’s artificial arm detaches and falls off during flight (video)By Mason White 7:00 AM August 15, 2014
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) It was a scary moment for a pilot and passengers after his prosthetic arm fell off while landing.
The British pilot is being called a hero after he managed to land the passenger plane safely with only one arm after his artificial arm came off during landing.
The incident took place when the Flybe flight from Birmingham, carrying 47 passengers, was approaching Belfast City Airport.
The 46-year-old pilot said that he had checked his prosthetic left arm to make sure it was properly connected to the yoke clamp, but as he made the flare maneuver – a stage of the landing shortly before touchdown – his arm suddenly detached.
United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said that the pilot then used his right hand to regain control of the yoke.
The winds caused the plane to land heavily. No one was injured in the incident.