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Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020030
Date issued: 24 September 2002
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority review the adequacy of the continuing airworthiness requirements for seat belts and shoulder harnesses to ensure that they maintain applicable design standards throughout their service life, when installed in Australian registered aircraft and helicopters.

Initial response
Date issued: 28 October 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

The Authority advises that it is unable to give the Recommendation full consideration and provide a response to the Bureau within the time period set out in our MOU. CASA needs to undertake extensive research and consultation on this issue. CASA anticipates being able to develop relevant advisory material and provide a response to the Bureau by end January 2003. The Authority seeks your concurrence to an extension of time for a response.

ATSB response:

The ATSB would be pleased to provide the requested extension and looks forward to hearing from CASA by the end of January 2003.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 05 February 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:

The Authority acknowledges the intent of the Recommendation. After consideration, the Authority believes that the circumstances relating to the failed seat belt reported in the Occurrence Report are inconclusive and do not allow the determination the specific cause of the loss of webbing strength. However, it is agreed that the seriousness of deterioration of seat belt strength needs to be highlighted to aircraft operators and maintenance organisations. The Authority proposes to raise an Airworthiness Bulletin which will be distributed via the Authority's website. Subsequently, advisory material will be prepared for publication in Flight Safety Australia.

ATSB Note: The Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued Airworthiness Bulletin 25-2, Issue 1, titled "Inspection and replacement of seat belts and harnesses" on 4 April 2003.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 30 June 2003
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:

I refer to Air Safety Occurrence Report 200104604 on the accident involving Bell Jetranger 206B helicopter VH-SVW which occurred 5km west of Kurrajong Heights, NSW on 24 September 2001.

The Report included Recommendation R20020030.

In its response to the Recommendation, dated 4 February 2003, the Authority proposed to raise an Airworthiness Bulletin, which would be distributed via the Authority's website, and to publish advisory material in Flight Safety Australia.

An Airworthiness Bulletin, AWB 25-2 Issue 1, was issued on 4 April 2003. Advisory material was published in the March-April 2003 edition of Flight Safety Australia. Copies are attached for your information.

The Authority believes that this closes the actions on this Recommendation.

 
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