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Safety Recommendation Report: Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems on Airbus Helicopters

Executive Summary

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is providing the following information to urge the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to take action on the safety recommendations in this report. These recommendations address the need for owners and operators of existing AS350 B3e helicopters and similarly designed variants to incorporate a crash-resistant fuel system into their rotorcraft. These recommendations are derived from two 2015 accidents in which the impact forces were survivable for occupants but fatal and serious injuries occurred because of post crash fires that resulted from an impact-related breach in the fuel tanks. As a result of these investigations, the NTSB is issuing three safety recommendations tithe FAA and one safety recommendation to EASA.

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Accident ID: CEN15FA164, CEN15MA290

Date Adopted: 4/19/2016
NTSB Number: ASR-16-02
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