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January 2000 Issue

Fuel Hose Goo

Versicon hoses pump contamination along with fuel into helicopter

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts. Click here to view "Airworthiness Directives."

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After an accident in which a helicopter crashed and burned, NTSB investigators discovered that the hose used to refuel the aircraft had decomposed internally and leached a gummy resin into the fuel. The contaminated fuel clogged the carburetor jets and the helicopter lost power on takeoff.

The truck-mounted fuel hose was a 30-foot terra-cotta colored hose labeled “Versicon” which the owner had acquired as a replacement hose from a local supplier in August 1997. The owner re...

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