A team of pilots who carried out an emergency landing at Birmingham International Airport, causing the closure of the runway and huge delays for passengers, have been sacked by their cargo company employers.
The airmen were the only crew on a Boeing 737-300 which was forced to land at Birmingham with one set of wheels missing from the undercarriage.
It finally came to rest on its left wheels and the right engine after the incident on June 15.
Just an hour earlier the wheels were damaged when the plane missed the runway at Nottingham East Midlands Airport and slammed into a grass verge.
The right-hand landing gear broke away and damaged the plane, and the right engine and wing tip scraped along the ground before the pilot struggled to lift off again and fly on - leaving the wheel behind.
BIA was closed for about three hours after the landing and was only given the go-ahead for "reduced length operations" after three hours.
The airport opened fully ten hours after the landing. About 170 flights were rerouted or delayed because of the incident.
Despite the Belgian pilot showing great skill to get the plane airborne again after the NEMA incident, cargo company TNT said he and his co-pilot had been sacked after accident investigators found that the automatic pilot had been accidentally switched off in the approach to NEMA, sending the plane off course.
TNT said of the sackings: "Although the Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation continues, it has been established that the automatic pilot was disengaged.
"That is down to human error. Although the pilots did manage to recover superbly and made a text book emergency landing at Birmingham International Airport, they instigated the incident with a momentary lapse and the company operates a zero accident tolerance level."
The aircraft was travelling from Liege in Belgium to Stansted in the early hours of June 15 but had to be diverted because of bad weather.
After the incident at Nottingham at shortly after 4.40am, it made an emergency landing at Birmingham at about 5am.
A full Air Accidents Investigation Branch report into the incident is expected next year.