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Interim findings as per speculation. Guest_Poster called correctly.

Covers left unlatched.

From the article …..

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the incident was of “incredible concern” earlier, as investigators rushed to publish the report.

The Cabinet minister vowed that the Government would “take no hesitation” to order action to prevent a repeat of the drama amid fears that it could have ended in disaster.

The report confirmed earlier suggestions that maintenance was to blame rather than any design fault.

Besides concerns about safety shortcomings, the AAIB findings could spark a surge of claims from an estimated 25,000 BA passengers whose flights were cancelled as a result of the incident, plus thousands more whose flights were delayed.

European passengers’ rights legislation, known as EU261, obliges airlines to pay between €250 and €600 to such passengers unless the carrier can demonstrate the disruption was the result of “extraordinary circumstances”.

The airline said: “We do not believe we are liable for further EU261 compensation payments as the closure or restriction of airspace, which lead to the cancellations and delays, is defined as an extraordinary circumstance.”

As the report reveals maintenance shortcomings at BA, lawyers may argue that the airline is liable. The total exposure to BA of compensation claims could total £10m.

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