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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236730
Last updated: 8 January 2021
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Time:12:55 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20K
Owner/operator:LTV Express Ltd/Blackbushe Flying Group
Registration: G-OSUS
C/n / msn: 25-0429
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:near Membury, Berkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Charlton Park Airfield, Malmsbury, Wiltshire
Destination airport:Fairoaks Airport (EGTF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft was in level flight and had been flying for approximately 15 minutes when the baggage door opened and detached. It struck the right tail plane and remained wrapped round its leading edge near its tip. This caused the pilot control difficulties and increased drag. The pilot declared a MAYDAY and made a successful emergency landing at Membury Airfield.

The investigation found the safety clip for the internal emergency operating handle of the baggage door was not correctly installed, so instead of holding the handle closed it held it in a slightly open position. During the flight, it seems most likely that this handle moved sufficiently towards the open position to disengage the shoot bolts from the door frame allowing the door to open.

It could not be determined when the safety clip was incorrectly installed or why it had not been noticed.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Damage to baggage door, rear fuselage and tail plane"


1. AAIB Final Report:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report


Mooney M20K G-OSUS at Baginton Coventry (CVT) on 7-2-2017: G-OSUS Mooney M20K CVT 07-02-2017 (32463048690)


Photo of G-OSUS courtesy

Northampton - Sywell (EGBK / ORM)
29 May 2015; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

06-Jun-2020 11:56 Anon. Added
06-Jun-2020 12:01 harro Updated [Operator, Embed code]
12-Aug-2020 05:19 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code]
15-Oct-2020 19:02 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report]
15-Oct-2020 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]
21-Oct-2020 21:46 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Embed code]

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