Accident Gulfstream G200 N720QS, Tuesday 14 January 2014
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Date:Tuesday 14 January 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic GALX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Gulfstream G200
Registration: N720QS
MSN: 085
Year of manufacture:2003
Total airframe hrs:7493 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:near Savannah, GA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV)
Destination airport:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Gulfstream 200, N720QS, operated by NetJets Aviation, was substantially damaged when the auxiliary power unit (APU) access door opened in-flight near Savannah, Georgia. Both pilots were not injured. The post-maintenance test flight departed Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV) at 14:36.

Prior to departure, the crew performed a preflight inspection and observed no anomalies. The crew described the takeoff as normal, and stated that as the airplane climbed through 16,000 feet at 280 knots, they experienced a momentary shudder. No other anomalies were observed, and the crew did not experience any abnormal handling characteristics with the airplane. Upon landing at SAV, the crew observed that the APU access door was open and bent, but remained attached. The door's lower locking tabs were in the down and locked position, and the side tabs were in the open position. The crew noted that the side tabs were "bent as if torn away." The lower portion of the rudder exhibited substantial damage due to contact with the access door.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Maintenance personnel's failure to properly secure the auxiliary power unit service door before returning the airplane to service, which resulted in substantial damage to the rudder."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA14LA098
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report




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