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Pilot ‘used wrong brake’ in accident at Bristol Airport – ITV News

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A plane accident which disrupted the Christmas getaway for thousands of people happened because a pilot used the wrong brake.

The BMI flight skidded off the runway while landing at Bristol Airport on 22nd December 2017, coming to a halt after travelling 120 metres along grass.

Control was lost by the pilot as the emergency brake was mistakenly selected 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 cockpit of the Embraer 145 aircraft involved in the accident.

It stated that a high work load due to multiple radio interruptions contributed to the mistake going unnoticed.

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

At least 60 flights were cancelled or diverted while specialist equipment was brought in to remove the plane which had dug in to the grass.

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