MD Helicopters 369 series, 500N and 600N fitted with a Cyclic Pitch Torque Tube P/N 369H7133-3 or -7.
MD Helicopters 369 series, 500N and 600N fitted with a Pilots Interconnecting Cyclic Pitch Torque Tube Assembly P/N 369H7133-501 or -BSC, consisting of the failed part known as Torque Tube P/N 369H7133-3 or -7.
This CAN is issued to alert operators and maintainers of a defect reported to the CAA of finding a significant crack in cyclic torque tube with P/N 369H7133-7 on a Hughes 369E (MD500E) helicopter.
Investigation to date has revealed a spiral crack around the circumference of the cast tube that initiated from the casting hole with a small crack also found at the opposite side of the casting hole.
Refer to the photo on page 2 of this CAN for further detail of the location of the crack found in the torque tube with P/N 369H7133-7.
This CAN is prompted by a significant crack found in cyclic torque tube with P/N 369H7133-7 on a Hughes 369E (MD500E) helicopter which resulted in limited cyclic control.
While applying urea on a maize crop and coming out of a turn from a topdressing run there was a loud thump and the cyclic move forward hitting the forward stop. The nose of the aircraft then pitched up. By dropping the collective and the swing of the topdressing bucket aft the aircraft nose then pitched forward the cyclic was still hard on the forward stop, but enough control was gained to land the aircraft safely on a track running through the maize crop.
The CAA strongly recommends the following actions:
If any defects are found in the Pilots Interconnecting Cyclic Pitch Torque Tube Assembly P/N 369H7133-501 or -BSC, complete a CA005 Defect Report form and submit the completed form to the CAA at CA005@caa.govt.nz or report findings via the online reporting system available at https://occurrences.caa.govt.nz/ProdUI/(external link)
Please include all findings and any other relevant technical information. A CA005D Defect Report form can be obtained from https://www.aviation.govt.nz/about-us/forms/Filter/?SearchTerm=&Rule=8
This CAN is considered to be an interim action pending further investigation and discussion with MD Helicopters, and further CAA action may follow.
Refer to the photo on page 2 of this CAN for further detail of the location of the crack found in a cyclic torque tube with P/N 369H7133.