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Cargo door seal exceeds flushness tolerance

Issue number: AO-2009-073-SI-01
Who it affects: Operators of Eurocopter AS350 helicopters
Issue owner: Helicopter owner
Operation affected: Aviation: Maintenance
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-073
Date: 11 April 2011

Safety issue description

Installation of new cargo door seals resulted in the cargo door being held outside of the flushness requirement specified in the aircraft maintenance manual

Safety Advisory Notice

Action number: AO-2009-073-SAN-048
Date: 11 April 2011
Action status: Closed

Installation of new cargo door seals resulted in the cargo door being held outside of the flushness requirement specified in the aircraft maintenance manual.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that all operators of Eurocopter AS350 aircraft should consider the safety implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate. In particular, operators are encouraged to review the appropriate sections of the aircraft maintenance manual and give consideration to the cargo door improved locking mechanism detailed in SB 52.00.25 and SB 52.00.26.

ATSB response:

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