MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive
AD/S-PUMA/54 SUMMARY: The manufacturer received a report of the
loss of a right hand plug door from an AS 332 L helicopter during
in-flight door operation. The aircraft was performing hover flight
when a crew member unlocked the door for aerial photography. The
door was not found, and an examination of the elements on the
airframe revealed that this event was caused by a hinge failure of
the stop assembly of the middle rail.