The private jet of Liverpool FC owner Mike Gordon skidded 30m off a runway after the pilot lost nose wheel steering power when landing, an air crash investigation says.
After the airman mistakenly touched the brakes when working on impulse to attempt to fix the plane, the aircraft plowed across a grass verge.
The Liverpool Echo records that Mike Gordon, founder of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Company, was on board with three others, but no one was injured last December at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The Air Accidents Investigation Division (AAIB) reported that the nose wheel steering failed and after “directional control” was lost, the aircraft left the runway.
It found that both pilots were “alert and engaged” and a technical fault followed by ‘inadvertent” braking caused the plane to skid off the runway.
The report said the command pilot “was unaware that he had applied pressure on the right brake pedal” because “the pedal forces are very light” and he had not been trained in “differential braking at high speed”.
He reacted “based on instinct” and “with all of his attention on trying to keep the aircraft straight” it concluded.
The aircraft was not damaged, but flights were suspended when a specialized recovery team and firefighters spent hours moving the aircraft, and before the airport reopened, a runway review had to be carried out.