Accident
Last updated: 30 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 26 June 1981
Time:18:11
Type:Hawker Siddeley HS-748-108 Srs. 2A
Operator:Dan-Air Services
Registration: G-ASPL
C/n / msn: 1560
First flight: 1964
Total airframe hrs:34592
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 533-2
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nailstone (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX), United Kingdom
Narrative:
While descending, the right-hand rear door detached, struck the horizontal tail plane and became lodged on the leading edge. Control was lost, and the aircraft entered a steep dive. During the dive, the wings and tail plane failed due to overstressing.

CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the baggage door becoming lodged on. the leading edge of the right tailplane after it had opened and detached in flight. This produced changes in the aerodynamic characteristics of the aircraft which rendered it uncontrollable resulting in overstressing of the wings and tailplane leading to an in-flight structural failure.
A contributory factor was the mis-rigged state of the door operating mechanism which allowed the top and the bottom pairs of claw catches to lose synchronisation. The failure of the door warning arrangements to give adequate warning of door safety was a further contributory factor."

Classification:
Cargo door failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Flight International 25.07.1981 (210)
» Flight International 04.07.1981 (2)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - United Kingdom
report status: Final
report number: AAIB AAR 5/1983
download report: Report on the accident to BAe HS 748, G-ASPL at Nailstone, Leicestershire on 26 June 1981 (AAIB AAR 5/1983)
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Distance from London-Gatwick Airport to East Midlands Airport as the crow flies is 201 km (126 miles).

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