Engine Exhaust And Carbon Monoxide Detectors - FAA SAIB CE10-19R-1

by FAA Aviation Safety

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises the owners and operators of general aviation (GA) aircraft of an airworthiness concern, specifically the need to inspect properly and maintain the exhaust system to prevent carbon monoxide leakage into the cabin and to install a commercially available carbon monoxide detector in the cabin. This revision adds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Center library website and revises the recommendation section.

At this time, this airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant an airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), part 39.

This SAIB is in response to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of an accident on December 17, 2000, where a Beech Model BE-23 aircraft impacted terrain killing the commercial-rated pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane. The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was in part "the pilot's incapacitation due to carbon monoxide (CO) and a fractured muffler."

The FAA tasked Wichita State University to conduct research that focuses on carbon monoxide safety issues as they apply to general aviation products....

Click here to read the full FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin, SAIB CE10-19R-1.

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