- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal safety officials have ordered Sikorsky S-92A helicopters grounded until Sikorsky replaces a part that is linked to a recent accident in Canada in which 17 people died.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s emergency order Tuesday requires that titanium studs securing a gearbox filter bowl be replaced with steel studs. FAA says broken studs have been tied to an oil loss in two incidents, including a helicopter that crashed into the ocean off St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, while en route to an oil platform on March 12.

The helicopter manufacturer, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. of Stratford, Conn., issued a service bulletin in January recommending replacement of the studs. The company says 86 of the helicopters are in service in 19 countries.

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