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Last updated: 16 May 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:donderdag 20 januari 2000
Tijd:06:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-231
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Airtours International
Registratie: G-VCED
Constructienummer: 193
Bouwjaar: 1991-08-06 (8 years 6 months)
Motoren: 2 IAE V2500-A1
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 146
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 152
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   Verenigd Koninkrijk)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), Verenigd Koninkrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Almeria Airport (LEI/LEAM), Spanje
Beschrijving:
As the aircraft rotated for take off, both fan cowl doors detached from the no 1 engine and struck the aircraft. The doors were destroyed and localised damage resulted to the No 1 engine and its pylon, the left wing, the left flaps and slats, the fuselage and the fin. The evidence indicated that the doors had probably remained unlatched, after having been closed following maintenance prior to the accident flight and had been torn off their pylon attachment hinges by aerodynamic forces as the aircraft rotated.
At 08:09 hours, low visibility procedures came into force at Gatwick due to a reducing Runway Visual Range (RVR). The commander decided to divert the flight to London Stansted Airport. The aircraft landed at Stansted at 08:36 hours without further incident.

Three walk-round inspections had been conducted after the doors had been closed.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Ref: EW/C2000/1/2
Download report: Final report


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen London-Gatwick Airport en Almeria Airport bedraagt 1588 km (993 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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