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FAA issues emergency AD for Cessna 402C, 414A airplanesFAA issues emergency AD for Cessna 402C, 414A airplanes

FAA issues emergency AD for Cessna 402C, 414A airplanes

The FAA on Sunday, February 20, issued an emergency airworthiness directive ( AD 2005-05-51) for Cessna 402C and 414A airplanes.

The AD calls for visual inspection of the forward, aft, and auxiliary wing spars for cracks before the next flight. The AD includes a provision for a repositioning flight prior to the inspection. The AD exempts aircraft that have a spar strap modification following Cessna Service Bulletin MEB02-5, dated June 24, 2002, and Cessna Service Kit SK402-47, dated June 24, 2002. The AD, which supersedes AD 2000-23-01, Amendment 39-11971 (65 FR 70645), follows the discovery of severe fatigue cracks and, in one case, total spar-cap failure, on two 402C aircraft.

AOPA is continuing to work closely with the FAA and Cessna owner groups to address fatigue cracking in wing spars on Cessna 400-series aircraft.

February 20, 2005

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