Docket No. FAA-2009-1146; Directorate Identifier 2008-SW-38-AD
(a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective on February 12, 2010.
Other Affected ADs
(c) This AD applies to Model AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters with the following seat
harnesses, fitted with blanking plugs, part number (P/N) 332V85134620 or P/N 332V85134621,
except seat harnesses modified by Eurocopter MOD 332V080169, installed, certificated in any
Seat harness P/N
On Fisher Harmony single seats, P/N 03140000011X205
(Eurocopter P/N 704A41210112).
On Fisher Harmony two-seat benches, P/N 03150000011XX205
(Eurocopter P/N 704A41210113).
On Sicma single seats with the following P/Ns:
P/N 17911-02-00 (Eurocopter P/N 704A41210102).
P/N 17911-03-00 (Eurocopter P/N 704A41210105).
P/N 17912-02-00 (Eurocopter P/N 704A41210103).
P/N 17912-03-00 (Eurocopter P/N 704A41210106).
On Sicma two-seat benches with the following P/Ns:
P/N 17920-02-00 (Eurocopter P/N 704A41210104).
P/N 17920-03-00 (Eurocopter P/N 704A41210107).
P/N 504729-401-2251 on rear bench seats (all P/Ns).
Embodiment of MOD 332V080169 can be checked visually by verifying that no
blanking plug is fitted on the 5th attachment point of the buckle plus verifying that
aircraft records indicate the blanking plug has been removed by following MOD
(d) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: "Recently, a report was
received concerning the discovery of fragments of a plastic blanking plug (fitted to the harness belt
buckle 5th attachment point) inside a seat harness belt buckle. Over time, this blanking plug hardens
and becomes brittle. This condition, if not corrected, can lead to failure of the plug and fragments
being caught inside the buckle, causing interference and preven