Flybe Plane Came Within Seconds Of Crashing After Autopilot Error, Investigation Reveals

Pilot error a Flybe Dash 8 like this was involved in the incident on January 11

The aircraft continued to climb to 1,500ft (about one-third of a mile up) but it "pitched nose-down and then descended rapidly" because autopilot was mistakenly set with a target altitude of zero.

The Flybe flight out of Belfast fell more than 500 feet in 18 seconds.

A plane carrying 44 passengers plummeted towards the ground shortly after take-off from Belfast City Airport because of an autopilot error, a United Kingdom government report has revealed. Early autopilots were only able to maintain a constant heading and altitude, but modern autopilots are capable of controlling every part of the flight envelope from just after take-off to landing.

On 11 November it was reported that the Boeing company is preparing a warning that a new aircraft model 737 Max can dramatically avoid peak when the data error in the monitoring system.

The flight, as planned, was completed in Glasgow, other incidents were not.

The incident happened in January and has just been reported after an investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). At its fastest, the plane descended at a rate of 4,300 feet per minute.

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The report concluded the crew's autopilot mode selection led to a zero altitude target.

That's according to a newly-published report from the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), which details how the plane went "nose-down" before descending "rapidly".

A statement from Flybe said the airline "maintains a rigorous approach to ensuring the very highest flying standards are maintained", according to BBC.

"Flybe implemented remedial actions quickly in response to the incident and our training and procedures have been amended to minimise the risk of a reoccurrence", it said.

"Flybe operates over 158,000 flights a year and the safety of our passengers and crew remains our number one priority".

The report said "several safety actions" had been taken by Flybe since the incident, including revisions to simulator training and amendments to the taxi checklist.

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