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Old August 14 2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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Would you fly with him?

I am annoyed at all the negative comments on Facebook about this amid all the unoriginal 'armless' and 'arm and a leg' jokes.

A pilot for a British budget airline briefly lost control of a flight after his artificial arm came loose during landing, according to an air accident report.

The Flybe plane, carrying 47 passengers, had been coming in to land at Belfast City Airport from Birmingham when the pilot's prosthetic forearm became detached from a special clamp fitted to the plane's yoke.

This caused the plane to land with a "bounce", but no one was injured.

Flybe said it was proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

"The senior captain referred to in this report is one of Flybe's most experienced and trusted pilots," said captain Ian Baston, the firm's director of flight operations and safety.

"The airline confirms that at no time was the safety of its passengers or crew compromised in any way, nor was the aircraft damaged."
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I, and my children, have been in a car driven by a man who was paralysed in his arms because of polio and who drove with his feet. I can see very little difference between that and a pilot with an artificial arm especially as the pilot has thousand of flying hours and would have had to fly a very stringent test before becoming a commercial pilot.

So people, would you fly with him as your pilot?
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Old August 14 2014, 11:49 PM   #2
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Re: Would you fly with him?

Sure I would fly with him. I bet random malfunctions happen a lot more with biological arms than prosthetic ones.
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Old August 14 2014, 11:50 PM   #3
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Well any pilot can have a bad landing, but it's unlikely that anyone was in danger. It's not like you thing to yourself when boarding a plane does one or more of my pilots have artifical limbs.
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Old August 14 2014, 11:52 PM   #4
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Re: Would you fly with him?

Flights these days are largely run by autopilots anyway, aren't they?

In any case, most of us never even see who our pilots are. So we fly with them, like it or not.

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I am annoyed at all the negative comments on Facebook about this amid all the unoriginal 'armless' and 'arm and a leg' jokes.
What about the 'Should pilots be armed' jokes?

Although I suppose some of the passengers would 'leg it' away from the plane if they knew about this.
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Old August 14 2014, 11:54 PM   #5
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Um…yeah
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Old August 14 2014, 11:58 PM   #6
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What about the 'Should pilots be armed' jokes?
Yep, plenty of those jokes as well.
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Old August 14 2014, 11:59 PM   #7
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Of course I would fly with him.

My suggestion to you, Miss Chicken, is to stop reading Facebook comments.
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Old August 15 2014, 12:03 AM   #8
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Of course I would fly with him.

My suggestion to you, Miss Chicken, is to stop reading Facebook comments.
I read them because some people need educating. One bloke didn't believe that people without arms could drive so I posted a video showing a woman who was doing just that.
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Old August 15 2014, 12:04 AM   #9
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What about the 'Should pilots be armed' jokes?
Yep, plenty of those jokes as well.
Damn. Oh well, I just thought I'd go out on a limb.
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Old August 15 2014, 12:30 AM   #10
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What about the 'Should pilots be armed' jokes?
Yep, plenty of those jokes as well.
Damn. Oh well, I just thought I'd go out on a limb.




Anyway, yes, I'd fly with him. He seems capable, it's just that he has an artificial limb; one that has served him well. This was a very minor incident, nothing more.
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Old August 15 2014, 12:33 AM   #11
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If anyone is interested here is a video of a young woman driving without arms



I am now going to watch the video of her changing a tyre.
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Old August 15 2014, 01:17 AM   #12
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^That was very cool, thanks for sharing it!
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Old August 15 2014, 01:24 AM   #13
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Having flown with Flybe quite a few times the landing at Belfast City airport can be pretty jolting. The runway isn't all that bad but small aircraft have a harder time of it.

Last time was about five weeks ago, it was bumpier than usual but it was fairly stormy that day. So having been on that particularly bumpy ride a few times, I doubt it's really his fault.
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Old August 15 2014, 01:38 AM   #14
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I'm not legally able to fly a plane because of diabetes. I can't even qualify for a private license. If I already had a license at the time of diagnosis, I'd still be able to fly private aircraft but I couldn't pilot for a commercial craft. I flew a Cessna when I was fourteen, though, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
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Old August 15 2014, 02:01 AM   #15
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At least there's no fish involved.
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