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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188057
Last updated: 12 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340A
Owner/operator:Business Air Ltd
Registration: G-GNTB
C/n / msn: 340A-082
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Stand B4, Manchester Airport, Ringway, Manchester -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Destination airport:Glasgow Airport, Paisley (GLA/EGPF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Sustained damage (a hole in the rear fuselage 500mm x 300mm) when struck by a GPU (Ground Power Unit) whilst standing at Manchester Airport, being prepared for a domestic scheduled passenger service to Glasgow. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft had just arrived at stand B4 at Manchester and had been refuelled and catered for a flight to Glasgow; the crew was on board the aircraft carrying out pre-flight preparation. The passengers had not boarded and the crew was awaiting the arrival of a Ground Power Unit (GPU) from their handling agent.

The crew heard a loud bang and the aircraft was shaken violently as the GPU impacted the rear fuselage. The crew evacuated the aircraft immediately to investigate and the fire and ambulance services were advised. No injuries were reported at the time of the accident, but the following day the cabin attendant was found to have suffered whiplash injuries to her neck.

The aircraft was repaired by technicians provided by the manufacturer, and was out of service for 7 days".


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-GNTB courtesy

Glasgow - Prestwick (EGPK / PIK)
28 April 2017; (c) Ian Howat

Revision history:

12-Jun-2016 20:26 Dr.John Smith Added
12-Jun-2016 20:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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