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Last updated: 30 November 2015
Fecha:viernes 26 junio 1981
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-108 Srs. 2A
Operador:Dan-Air Services
Registración: G-ASPL
Numéro de série: 1560
Año de Construcción: 1964
Horas Totales de la Célula:34592
Motores: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 533-2
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Nailstone (   Reino Unido)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), Reino Unido
Aeropuerto de Llegada:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX), Reino Unido
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."

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Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - United Kingdom
report status: Final
report number: AAIB AAR 5/1983
duration of investigation:  days ()
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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