A FLIGHT may have been simply seconds clear of crashing into the bottom after an wrong autopilot surroundings led to the aircraft to plummet, an investigation has discovered.
Some 44 passengers and 4 team had been on-board the Flybe flight from Belfast Town Airport to Glasgow when the aircraft nosedived 152m in 18 seconds in a while after takeoff on January 11.
A file through the Air Injuries Investigation Department (AAIB) stated that the autopilot used to be engaged when the Bombardier Sprint eight Q400 turboprop aircraft reached an altitude of 411m.
The plane persisted to climb to 457m however then “pitched nose-down after which descended swiftly” as a result of autopilot used to be mistakenly set with a goal altitude of 0.
Cockpit alarms alerted the captain and primary officer to what used to be taking place.
They later reported they’d “transform visible with the bottom”.
The captain disconnected the autopilot and recovered the plane, having dramatically dropped to 283m.
The utmost fee of descent of 1310m according to minute all over the development suggests the plane can have hit the bottom only a few seconds later if the team had now not intervened.
Thankfully the flight used to be recovered and persisted directly to land safely at Glasgow Airport.
The AAIB concluded that the team’s choice of a selected autopilot mode prior to takeoff resulted in the 0 altitude goal.
Autopilot techniques are used to robotically keep watch over plane.
Flybe has taken a number of protection measures in line with the incident, together with revisions to simulator coaching and amendments to pilots’ pre-takeoff checklists.
A spokeswoman for the airline stated: “Flybe maintains a rigorous technique to making sure the very best possible flying requirements are maintained.
“As reported through the AAIB, Flybe carried out remedial movements temporarily in line with the incident and our coaching and procedures had been amended to minimise the chance of a reoccurrence.
“Flybe operates over 158,000 flights a 12 months and the protection of our passengers and team stays our primary precedence.”