After one Cessna 172RG experienced a serious in-flight fire, the FAA on Tuesday proposed a new Airworthiness Directive to prevent similar events that could affect up to 3,000 Cessna singles and twins.
According to the FAA, the fire started in the 172’s landing gear hydraulic power pack system due to the improper installation of certain wiring components. It spread rapidly, causing injuries as well as irreparable damage to the airplane.
The same hydraulic power pack used in the 172RG is also used in several other Cessna models, including the R182, TR182, FR182, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, P210N, P210R and T303.
The FAA’s proposed AD prescribes the inspection of the hydraulic systems of all the listed aircraft models, as well as the installation of any protective materials or wiring rerouting that may be needed.
According to the FAA, the AD would affect 2,961 aircraft and would likely cost $85 per inspection and $114 for any necessary additional wiring installation.
The AD is open for comments until Oct. 26.