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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122868
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900D
Owner/operator:Eagle Airways
Registration: ZK-EAQ
MSN: UE-363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Auckland International Airport (AKL) -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Auckland International Airport (AKL)
Destination airport:Whangarei Airport (WRE/NZWR)
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
AAs the aeroplane became airborne the rear cargo door opened. The crew returned and landed the aeroplane safely. There were no injuries and minor damage only to the aeroplane.

The aeroplane was being operated with a permitted inoperative warning system that would have provided an indication to the crew if the cargo door was unlocked. An engineer had cleared the aeroplane to operate provided a crew member visually checked that the door was closed and locked before each departure.

As the aeroplane was prepared for departure, the loader closed the cargo door but did not fully rotate the handle to lock the door. The first officer was distracted during the final pre-flight inspection of the aeroplane and did not positively check the condition of the door.

As the aeroplane was taxied, the door handle vibrated loose, allowing the door to open during the take-off.

As a result of the safety actions taken by the operator, the Commission did not need to make any recommendations.

Key lessons include:

- cargo doors and other openings on an aircraft must be securely latched and positively checked before flight,
- the need to strictly follow and complete checklists, and
- should there be an interruption of a checklist, the checklist should be recommenced either from the beginning or the last confirmed item completed.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of ZK-EAQ courtesy

Nelson (NZNS / NSN)
22 May 2014; (c) Wayne Bass

Revision history:

02-Jun-2011 12:31 harro Added
16-Aug-2014 14:56 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]

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