NTSB Identification: ERA14LA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in Savannah, GA
Aircraft: ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES GULFSTREAM 200, registration: N720QS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On January 14, 2014, approximately 1500 eastern standard time, an Israel Aircraft Industries Gulfstream 200, N720QS, operated by NetJets Aviation, Inc., was substantially damaged when the auxiliary power unit (APU) access door opened in-flight near Savannah, Georgia. Both airline transport pilots were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the local flight, which departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) at 1436. The post-maintenance test flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

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.

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