Sun, May 30, 2004
Eurocopter AS 350
(Ecureuil) Series Helicopters
AD/ECUREUIL/99 Lateral Cargo Hold Doors 7/2004
Applicability: All EC 130 B4 helicopters.
Requirement: Key-lock the centre lock of the
left and right lateral cargo hold doors in accordance with
paragraph 1.E.2.a of Eurocopter EC 130 Alert Telex No. 04A001.
Note: DGAC Emergency AD UF-2004-066 refers.
Prior to each flight after 14 May 2004. This Airworthiness
Directive becomes effective on 14 May 2004.
Background: During a flight test at the
manufacturer’s facility, the centre lock of the lateral cargo
hold door unlatched. Unlocking of the centre lock in flight,
combined with aerodynamic loads, could lead to failure of the
lateral lock and result in loss of the cargo hold door.
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