Pilot’s Arm Falls Off During Landing, Budget Airline Shock!
Passengers and crew got a nasty shock when their pilot lost control of his budget airline aircraft during landing, after his prosthetic arm fell off! It’s not every day that a pilot’s arm falls off and this incident, which was investigated by the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch, happened during a routine flight from Birmingham to Belfast.
The aircraft, a Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop operated by a regional budget airline, was coming in to land at Belfast City Airport in what was described as gusty conditions when the pilot’s false arm fell off as he heroically wrestled with the controls.
With no time to alert the co-pilot and only seconds to spare it was necessary bring the plane down single-handed, resulting in a heavily bounced landing. Thanks to the daring pilot’s one-armed aerobatic skills there were no injuries or damage to the aircraft.
The airline issued a statement fully supporting the captain and describing him as one of the airline’s “most experienced and trusted pilots”.
When quizzed as to what the company considers to be an appropriate minimum number of limbs for piloting a passenger aircraft, the safety director, said that the airline is an equal opportunities employer and “…in common with most airlines, we do employ staff with reduced physical abilities.”
“Obviously this is an unusual event and it’s not often a pilot’s arm falls off during landing. But our new Numerically Sub-Optimal Jointed Appendage (Non-Locomotive) Procedure has been released to cover this and the pilot has agreed to ensure that his false arm is more firmly attached in future. Furthermore all aircraft will be issued with an Pilot’s Arm Emergency Attachment Kit to ensure there are no other missing limb related events.”
Our reporters contacted the British Budget Airline Consortium for a comment and their customer relations spokesperson raved:
It’s want, want, want, with you lot isn’t it? Moaning about this, moaning about that! We fly you half way round the world for less than the price of a packet of fags and now you want a full load of limbs too? Well you can bloody well walk next time you ungrateful, demanding, cheapskate b*st*rds!Customer Relations Spokesperson, British Budget Airline Consortium