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Safety Action

Summary

Because of the deficiency with the manufacturers maintenance requirements, identified during the investigation, the following safety recommendations have been issued.

R20000189

The Australian Transport safety Bureau recommends that Bell Helicopter Textron P/L revise the maintenance manual for the Bell 206B III series helicopter to require the inspection and lubrication of the hydraulic pump drive splines on a calendar basis, in addition to the hourly time in service inspection and lubrication requirements.

R20000190

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority advise Australian operators of Bell 206B III series helicopters of the finding of this accident and revise the calendar requirement for the lubrication of the hydraulic pump splines.

R20000191

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration note the findings of this accident. It also recommends that the Federal Aviation administration alert all operators of bell 206B III series helicopters of the deficiency in the maintenance manual.

 
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