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Abnormality detected in Taiwanese medevac helicopter: CAA

2018/11/14 20:39:16

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Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) One of three AW169 air ambulance helicopters used by Taiwan's Emerald Pacific Airlines has developed a mechanical problem and will have the faulty components replaced, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Wednesday.

The CAA made the announcement after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive Nov. 7, calling on AW169 operators around the world to conduct immediate inspections of their tail rotors in the wake of a fatal Oct. 27 AW169 crash in Leicester, England.

Emerald Pacific took delivery of three new AW169s on lease earlier this year for emergency medical service and has completed safety inspections of all three choppers that revealed an abnormality in a hydraulic server of one of the AW169s, said Clark Lin (林俊良), director of the CAA's Flight Standards Division.

The entire hydraulic server will be replaced in accordance with the technical requirements set out by EASA, a job that will take about two to three days.

The AW169 is a twin-engine, 10-seat, 4.8-tonne helicopter developed and manufactured by the helicopter division of Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland, merged into Finmeccanica since 2016).

Designed as a multi-role helicopter, it can be configured for civil and commercial operations such as executive and private transport.

Emerald Pacific began offering emergency medevac services to residents of Taiwan's offshore Penghu and Matsu islands using the three AW169s in August.

(By Wang Shu-feng and Evelyn Kao)