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Maintenance processes for galley floor sealing

Issue number: AO-2008-003-SI-05
Who it affects: Operators of Boeing 747-400 aircraft
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Operation affected: Aviation: Maintenance
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-003
Date: 13 December 2010

Safety issue description

Maintenance processes did not identify or correct the deterioration of the galley floor sealing

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Action number: AO-2008-003-NSA-028
Date: 13 December 2010
Action status: Closed

On 11 January 2008, the aircraft operator advised that it would review the effectiveness of the stipulated galley floor sealing maintenance.

ATSB response:

During the investigation, the ATSB discussed the background for this safety issue and the associated safety risk with the aircraft operator. The potential for a reduction in the associated risk to as low as reasonably practicable by proactive operator safety action was highlighted.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Action number: AO-2008-003-NSA-116
Date: 13 December 2010
Action status: Closed

In a response to the draft investigation report, the aircraft operator reported that, since the occurrence, and to provide better understanding and clarification for its maintenance personnel, it had made a number of revisions to its galley floor sealing specification document. The intent of those enhancements was to ensure the correct installation of the galley floor sealing.

   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that, when completed, the actions being undertaken will adequately address the safety issue.

 
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Last update 07 March 2014