AD NUMBER: 2005-15-03 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-15-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas airplanes identified
above. This AD requires repetitive functional tests for noisy or
improper operation of the exterior emergency control handle
assemblies of the mid, overwing, and aft passenger doors, and
corrective actions if necessary.
This AD also provides for optional terminating action for the
repetitive tests. This AD is prompted by a report that the exterior
emergency control mechanism handles were inoperative on a McDonnell
Douglas Model MD-11 airplane. We are issuing this AD to prevent
failure of the passenger doors to operate properly in an emergency
condition, which could delay an emergency evacuation and possibly
result in injury to passengers and flightcrew.