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Pilot whose flybmi plane skidded off runway used wrong brake, report finds

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A plane skidded off a runway – causing disruption for thousands of passengers – because the pilot used the wrong brake, a report has found.

The flybmi flight came off the runway when landing at Bristol Airport on 22 December 2017.

It eventually came to a halt after travelling 120 metres along grass.

None of the 22 passengers or three crew on the flight from Frankfurt were injured, although the aircraft’s landing gear was broken and its wheel rims and tyres were damaged.

The plane veered out of control when the pilot mistakenly used the emergency brake, rather than the speed brake, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

The AAIB noted that the levers for both brakes are “of similar shape and sited close to each other” in the Embraer 145 aircraft involved in the accident.

A high workload due to multiple radio interruptions contributed to the mistake going unnoticed.

At least 60 flights were cancelled or diverted while specialist equipment had to be brought in to remove the plane.

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