Pilot lost control of plane when prosthetic arm came off: Watchdog



QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

It was a bumpy landing for about 50 passengers after a U.K. pilot's prosthetic arm became detached while he was trying to land the plane in windy conditions.

The Feb. 12 flight from Birmingham, England, was preparing to touch down in Belfast when the pilot's left limb "became detached from the yoke clamp, depriving him of control of the aircraft," Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a report released Thursday.

Prior to final approach, the 46-year-old pilot, who wasn't named, checked that his artificial arm was securely attached and the latch was in place.

But gusty winds tossed the plane and the prosthesis came off.

The pilot instead used his right hand to guide the aircraft in, though it landed "heavily" and "with a bounce."

No one was injured.

The pilot said his check may have dislodged the latch and he would be more cautious next time.