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AD 2004-25-51

December 10, 2004

The FAA has issued AD 2004-25-51 to all owners of Raytheon Aircraft Company Beech Models 45 (YT-34), A45 (T-34A, B-45), and D45 (T-34B) airplanes.

What events have caused this AD? 
On December 7, 2004, the left wing of a Raytheon Beech Model A45 (T-34A), separated from the airplane in flight.  The airplane, operated by Texas Air Aces, crashed near Montgomery, TX.  The wing was found about a quarter mile away from the crash site.

The left wing center section failed 4 inches inboard of the forward wing attach fitting.  In addition, FAA investigation revealed further visual evidence of fatigue (found in other locations) not previously addressed by AD 2001-13-18 R1, which FAA issued as a result of an accident near Conroe, TX.

A review of maintenance records shows that the accident airplane was in compliance with AD 2001-13-18 R1.

What does this AD require?  This AD requires you to perform an inspection and/or modification program approved specifically for this AD by the FAA Wichita Aircraft Certification Office (ACO).

When Does This AD Become Effective?  This AD becomes effective upon receipt of this emergency AD.

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