ATR-72 Veered Off Runway After Captain’s Seat Moved Fully Backwards

Photo: / Joao Henriques de Freitas

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On Nov 30th 2017 Ghana’s Civil Aviation Authority reported the aircraft was accelerating for takeoff from Accra when at about 70 KIAS the captain’s seat moved fully backwards violently and shifted to the left.

As the captain was still controlling nose wheel steering via the steering tiller, this caused the aircraft to veer left and off the runway.

The captain did not regain control of the aircraft prior of it coming to a stop close to the perimeter fence following efforts by the first officer to retard the power levers.

The crew secured the aircraft, the passengers disembarked. There were five injuries. The occurrence was rated an accident, an investigation is underway.

For more information about the accident click here.