British Aerospace HS.748 Series 2A, G-BGMN
The aircraft’s left over-wing emergency escape hatch detached from the aircraft during takeoff from East Midlands Airport. A deferred technical defect in the aircraft’s pressurisation system meant that the loss of the hatch, was only discovered after landing at Ronaldsway Airport on the Isle of Man. The investigation established that a protective cover, in the cargo area, intended to prevent inadvertent operation of the over-wing emergency escape hatch handle, was not attached prior to loading and that movement of the cargo probably caused the handle to move to the ?open? position, allowing the hatch to detach from the aircraft. The investigation also established that a number of deficiencies existed in the operator’s training and oversight of contracted loading staff. Four safety recommendations are made.
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