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Published on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Report finds aircraft skidded off runway because pilot used 'wrong brake'

A report has found a Flybmi aircraft that skidded off a runway at Bristol Airport did so because the pilot used the 'wrong brake'.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the pilot mistakenly used the emergency brake instead of the speed brake.

The AAIB said levers for both brakes are 'of similar shape and sited close to each other' in the Embraer 145 aircraft.

The mishap occured on December 22 2017 and, although no-one was injured, at least 60 flights were cancelled or diverted while specialist equipment was brought in to remove the aircraft.

The plane came to a halt after travelling 120 metres along grass, damaging its landing gear, wheel rims and tyres.

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  • At least no one injured,

    but an interesting combination of poor aircraft design, inadequate landing check list and pilot error.

    By Peter M42, Monday, January 14, 2019

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