A passenger on a Ryanair flight suffered a horror leg injury when the pilot of the aircraft made a dramatic manoeuvre to avoid another aircraft.
The Irish registered 737 was flying at 37,000 feet above the Canaries when it requested to descend to 13,000 feet.
As it dropped 1,000 feet air traffic control, told the air crew to stop their descent at 36,000 feet as there was an Easyjet aircraft at 35,000 feet close by.
A passenger suffered a "broken ankle" in the incident on February 10, 2018 when the pilot switched off the autopilot to make the manoeuvre.
A Spanish air accident investigation, published this week, found: "According to the radar data, at 16:38:04, as the aircraft was descending from FL370, it was instructed by the control service to stop the descent at FL360 due to a potential conflict with another aircraft.
"Seconds later, at 16:38:07, according to flight recorder data, the aircraft’s pilot selected the ALT HOLD mode on the mode control panel (MCP) in order to maintain the altitude. At that time the aircraft was passing through FL364 at a high rate of descent.
"One second later, as the aircraft was crossing through FL363, the pilot decided to disengage the autopilot.
"The pilot, as per his statement, thought they had gone past their cleared flight level of FL360 and seeing that the recovery manoeuvre was taking too long, he decided to manually return to the flight level instructed by air traffic control."
It was at this point that the aircraft lurched suddenly causing the passenger, who was standing, to fall heavily.
A flight attendant who witnessed the injury added: "The injured passenger had a child, approximately five years old, in his arms and that he was exiting the right hand lavatory.
"These sudden movements caused all four flight attendants to fall to the floor.
"The injured passenger turned his body to the left to try to shield the child, which forced his legs into an unnatural position. He broke his ankle when he fell due to the jolts.
"The child hit the back of his head, which caused some bruising. No one else was injured.
"After the event, the injured passengers cried out in pain. Their relatives were also upset and raised their voices at the flight attendants, complaining about what had happened."
The investigation determined that the injury was caused by the pilot dramatic movements when they took control of the aircraft.
It said: "The investigation has determined that the accident probably occurred when the crew executed a sudden manual manoeuvre to maintain the specified flight level.
"A contributing factor is the fact that the autopilot was disengaged in order to carry out the manual manoeuvre, which contributed to its abrupt nature."
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