Airworthiness concern on Cessna 425

Airworthiness concern on Cessna 425

Introduction
This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is being issued to advise you of an airworthiness
concern on Cessna Model 425 airplanes. Specifically, it recommends pilots follow the emergency
procedures section of the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) for “Nose Baggage Door Open on
Takeoff” if they experience an open nose baggage door (or avionics door, if equipped).
At this time, this airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant
airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR part
39).
Background
In August 2012, a Cessna Model 425 airplane’s nose baggage door opened during flight, and the door
departed the airplane. This is the only known instance of a Model 425 airplane cargo door departing
the airplane. Nose baggage doors opening in flight have been a contributing factor in accidents (some
fatal) on other Cessna models with similar latches. However, flight testing was previously conducted
on a 400-series aircraft which showed the open door did not affect flight characteristics or multiengine
climb performance.
Recommendations
For the reasons stated above, the FAA recommends that pilots familiarize themselves with and follow
the emergency procedures section of the POH for “Nose Baggage Door Open on Takeoff” if they
experience an open nose baggage door. All pilots are reminded of their responsibility to verify that
the cabin door, baggage door, avionics door (if equipped), engine cowlings, and fuel caps have been
latched securely before flight. In addition, the FAA reminds operators that Cessna Service Bulletin
CQB87-1, which specifies installation of secondary latches on nose baggage doors and avionics
doors (if equipped), is available for all Cessna Model 425 airplanes.
For Further Information Contact
Ann Johnson, Aerospace Engineer, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, KS 67209; phone: (316)
946-4105; fax (316) 946-4107; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For Related Service Information Contact
Cessna Aircraft Company, One Cessna Boulevard, PO

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Edited By: Director
2012-12-17 22:10:12

Dan Weiler
Executive Director of the Cessna Owner Organization
(715) 445-5000, ext. 116
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