Landing aborted because of concerns about autopilot

At about 7.50 pm on 26 January, the crew of an Atlantic Airlines plane was forced to pull out of a landing at Guernsey Airport during a strong crosswind after reporting that the autopilot would not disengage.

They reported further difficulties controlling the plane as it continued in a ‘go-around’ flight including a ‘strong tendency’ to pitch upwards and problems with the aircraft’s elevator control system, which controls the angle it flies at. Backup control systems were engaged and when control of the aircraft was regained it returned to Jersey Airport.

The report concluded that no technical faults in the aircraft were found on landing.

Atlantic Airlines has updated its staff training since the event.

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