The FAA has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the EC 135, all variants.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD No. 2012-0041-E, dated March 12, 2012 (2012-0041-E), to correct an unsafe condition for the ECD Model EC 135 helicopters. EASA advises that during an inspection of an EC 135 helicopter, a crack was detected on the lower hub- shaft flange of a main rotor hub (MRH) shaft. Since issuing 2012-0041-E, two other lower hub-shaft flange cracks have been reported. ECD is investigating the cause of the cracks and may issue a revised service bulletin with further corrective action. We are issuing this EAD to detect a crack on the hub-shaft flange, which if not corrected could result in failure of the main rotor hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.