Forest Service Flagged ‘Issue’ Before Bell Directives

A UH-1H operated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Credit: CAL FIRE

The U.S. Forest Service notified Bell Textron of a “potentially serious maintenance issue” with its Bell medium helicopters just before Transport Canada and the FAA issued emergency airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring operators to inspect the aircraft’s main-rotor hubs for potentially faulty...

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